Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exporting a Chart to a GIF File
Size: If you choose the As Shown When Printed option, the size of the
pasted chart will be different from the size of the original chart. For an
embedded chart, the pasted copy is sized to print as if it were on a chart
sheet. If the chart is on a Chart sheet, this option is available only if the
Sized with Window setting is in effect.
Format: The choices are Picture and Bitmap. If you choose Picture, the
chart is copied as an “Enhanced Metafile.” The Bitmap option causes the
chart to be saved in Bitmap format (a raster graphic file). This option is
available only when the Appearance option is set to As Shown on Screen.
Figure 10-1: The Copy Picture dialog box
Your choices in the Copy Picture dialog box depend on what you will be doing
with the copied chart picture. When pasting it to Excel or to another Office
application, I’ve found that the best-looking image is the picture that results from
Appearance – As Shown When Printed, and Size – As Shown on Screen. But your
mileage may vary. You’ll probably want to experiment with these settings to
determine which combination produces the best picture for your particular application.
Not all software applications can receive pasted metafile pictures, but most can
receive pasted bitmaps.
The companion CD-ROM contains a workbook that demonstrates the result
of using all possible combinations of Copy Picture dialog box options.
Exporting a Chart to a GIF File
The GIF file format is a very commonly used format for graphic images, and this
file format works well for exported charts. Virtually all graphics programs can open
GIF files, and most of the images that appear in Web pages are GIF files.
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