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To export the image of a chart select File: Export. This will open the Export Dialog.


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The chart can be saved in a wide range of different file formats, including Enhanced Metafile (*.emf), Bitmap (*.bmp), JPEG (*.jpg), PCX, PNG, GIF or Native (*.tee). Each file format has advantages and disadvantages. Enhanced Metafiles, when pasted into a Word document, can be resized by dragging, without losing resolution. Bitmaps are a lossless method of saving; the stored file will not lose any of the original's detail; however, the file size will be much larger than compressed files such as Enhanced Metafiles or JPEGs. JPEGs are file formats which can be compressed to take up less space - useful if you wish to send one by email, put it on a website, or paste it in to a document. If they are compressed too heavily, they can lose resolution and detail, and spoil colours. GIFs are also compressed files useful for web sites; they have a considerably smaller colour palette than JPEGs or BMPs; 256 colours, as opposed to many millions. This means that while a JPEG or BMP image can show a smooth gradation of colour (for instance in a graded background), saved as a GIF image, it will appear broken up into jagged zones of colour. GIF images are therefore better suited to images showing large discrete blocks of single colours. The Native (*.tee) format saves all the chart attributes, and the data series, rather than the image itself. This means that you can save the chart, and open it again at a later date to edit it, using the free TeeReader software supplied on the installation CD. Tee files tend to be very small indeed; often less than 1KB.


If you select the Bitmap (.bmp) format, you can apply a range of filters to the image:




This export dialog can also be used to export the data shown on the chart, using the 'Data' tab.


You can also copy a chart to the Windows clipboard using the Copy button on the graphics toolbar (4th button from left), or by pressing Ctrl-C on your keyboard.


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