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Export graphs



When the top window is a graph window, you can select Export graph in the File menu (or in the popup menu that appears when you right-click on the graph window's title bar) to save the graph as a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file, Device Independent Bitmap (BMP), PNG, JPG, GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), or TIF file, or as a PowerPoint slide (*.pptx).

On Windows versions prior to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, support for PowerPoint files (*.pptx) requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 (a free download from Microsoft).

To control the height and width of the saved image, select the "Options" button in the "Export graph as" dialog box.

Export graph options

Aspect ratio

Select the aspect ratio of the image.

  • Use window aspect ratio: the height:width ratio of the image will be the same as the height:width ratio of the graph window as displayed on the screen.
  • Height:width ratio 3:4: the height:width ratio of the image will be 3:4
  • Free: you can select the height and width independently.

Size (pixels)

Select the height and width, in pixels, of the image saved to disk.

Resolution (TIF files only)

Specify the resolution (dpi) when saving the graph as a TIF file (default = 300 dpi).

Editing SVG files

SVG files can be edited in several Windows applications:

  • Inkscape (Free)
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • CorelDRAW

Use of MedCalc graphs in Powerpoint

MedCalc can save the image directly as a Powerpoint file. It does so by inserting the graph in Windows metafile format in a blank file.

Recent Powerpoint versions (Office 2019, Office 365) allow to import SVG files in a slide, which may give better results than using a Windows metafile.

Either way, when you want to edit the image in Powerpoint, you first have to ungroup the image to convert it to a Microsoft Office drawing object. Proceed as follows:

  • right-click your the imported image
  • select Group > Ungroup

    Ungroup images in Powerpoint


  • on the Graphics Format tab
  • select Group > Ungroup

    Ungroup images in Powerpoint

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