Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 11.0.1 or later

When I try to export graphics as PNG, JPG and other rasterized formats using the right-click and choosing Save Graphic As..., if the notebook magnification is changed from 100%, Mathematica fails to export the image and returns the following error:

The specified setting for the option WindowSize cannot be used.

However this does not happen when Export function is used to export the graphic.


I think this is a bug.

I am using Mathematica 9.0.1 installed on Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit).

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    $\begingroup$ Try to figure out steps to reliably reproduce the error and let Wolfram know about it $\endgroup$
    – ssch
    Dec 18, 2012 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ Is this the same issue as: (55001)? If so I should close my own as a duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:44
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    $\begingroup$ @Karsten answer? $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Sep 8, 2014 at 5:30
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    $\begingroup$ But still present in 10.0.1 $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Sep 17, 2014 at 15:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Karsten7 Still not fixed in 11.0? Seriously what are they doing back there! FIX THE DAMN BUGS BEFORE ADDING MORE FEATURES. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Aug 9, 2016 at 13:28

2 Answers 2


I have reported this as a bug and it's confirmed.


Here are three ways to change the magnification without breaking Save Graphic As...:

  1. Changing the magnification of the current notebook by executing

    SetOptions[EvaluationNotebook[], Magnification -> 1.5]
  2. Changing the magnification used during the current session by executing

    SetOptions[$FrontEndSession, Magnification -> 1.5]
  3. Persistently changing the magnification of all future front end sessions by executing

    SetOptions[$FrontEnd, Magnification -> 1.5]

(If the "MagnificationPopUp" in the lower right corner of the window still shows 100%, that now means 100% of 150% magnification.)

There are three ways to solve this problem after one used the "MagnificationPopUp" in the lower right corner of the window or Ctrl+mouse wheel to change the magnification:

  1. Use Export instead of "Save Selection As ...", e.g.

    Export[FileNameJoin[{NotebookDirectory[], "graphic.png"}], %]
  2. Change the notebook magnification in the lower right corner of the notebook window to 100%.

  3. Use the menu Window ▶ Magnification to select any of the listed magnifications.


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