Using the SciDraw package, I created a multi-panel figure of list plots with labels along both the $x$ and $y$ axes. But when I copy/pasting the result into Word, the vertical axis labels are nowhere to be seen. Why?

  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately I don't use SciDraw, so I can't help you with it directly, but have you tried to export your figure to a file (e.g. EMF if you are on Windows), instead of using the clipboard? I have generally had poor results in the past in copy / pasting directly from Mathematica to Word. $\endgroup$ – MarcoB Feb 21 '16 at 19:12
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ This might not be related to SciDraw. Unfortunately, as Marco says, copying and pasting to Office applications on Windows is not reliable. It uses the EMF format, which cannot represent all Mathematica graphics accurately and also seems to be buggy. Things to try: 1. export to EMF using the Export command (not by right click and Save Graphics As...; for some strange reason that might produce different results). 2. If that doesn't work, then export to a bitmap format like PNG. I wrote about how to export to size here. ... $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Feb 22 '16 at 10:33
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ ... Try it like this: fig = Figure[...] so fig contains the Graphics object, then export as Export["file.png", Show[fig, ImageSize -> 5 cm], ImageResolution -> 300]. It is important that the image size is specified within Show and not Export, while the resolution is specified within Export and not Show. I don't know why ... I just know it from experience. 3. If you are preparing figures for publication (for a journal), the best thing may be to export to PDF and not insert them in Word directly. Word is notorious for destroying figures (I'm struggling with Word for Mac right now) $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Feb 22 '16 at 10:36
  • $\begingroup$ Actually there's one more thing I just remembered. Please include your operating system version and Mathematica version in the question. There was a bug in some 10.x version (don't remember which) on Mac where rotated text disappeared when exported to PDF. If you are on Mac, this may be the problem. Upgrading to Mathematica 10.3.1 will fix it. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Feb 22 '16 at 10:40
  • $\begingroup$ Or maybe I'm wrong and I was remembering this problem instead? $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Feb 22 '16 at 10:44

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.