Copying and Pasting Maps


The Windows clipboard allows you to copy information from one location to another within Windows. This is useful for copying maps from one window to another, copying objects between layers, or even copying maps to other applications. In fact, if you want to incorporate your maps in other applications, the most efficient way to do this is by copying the map to the clipboard and then pasting these clipboard contents into the other application. When you copy and paste objects within the same map window, or between map windows, the objects are preserved in their native format. These copied objects can be modified in the same way as the original.


There are several commands to consider when copying maps or portion of maps to the clipboard.


Copying Maps to Another Windows Application

You can also use the clipboard to copy a map from MapViewer into a word processor or other application. You can copy an entire drawing, including a map and any associated objects. When you make a copy using the clipboard, usually only the drawing commands are sent to the clipboard, so you lose the MapViewer controls over the map. Although you can often modify the individual objects (such as polygons, polylines, text, and so on) in the accepting application.


There are two different ways to copy a map to the clipboard.


Pasting Information from Other Applications

You can copy information from other applications into the map window or worksheet window. The map window can accept metafiles, bitmaps, or text, and the worksheet window can accept text information.


When information resides in the clipboard, choose the Edit | Paste or Edit | Paste Special commands. In the map window, a cross hair cursor appears allowing you to indicate the position on the page that you want to paste the incoming information. Move the cross hair cursor to the desired position and click the left mouse button to paste the information into the window.