Pasting GHS Plots into Your Own Documents

With GHS's Windows-based printing, you can now save plots to files in Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format, manipulate them using an image-editing program, and then insert them into a word-processing document. Here's how:

(1) Click Start, Control Panel, and Printers to open the Printers window.

(2) Double-click Add Printer in the Printers window. Click Next, choose Local printer, then click Next again. Choose a PostScript printer in the list (use "HP LaserJet 4P/4MP PostScript" under manufacturer "HP" if available), and click Next. Choose the port FILE: and click Next. Call the new printer "EPS File", make sure it is not your default printer, and click Next. Choose "No" when asked whether you want a test page, then click Finish. If your Windows installation files are not present on your hard drive, you will may be asked to insert your Windows installation media. Wait until the printer EPS File appears in your Printers window.

(3) Right-click on EPS File and choose Properties. Select the PostScript tab and click the triangle next to PostScript output format, then choose "Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)". Click OK to close. Your system is now configured to produce EPS file versions of GHS printouts.

(4) In GHS, enter PRINT CONFIGURE to get a pop-up window, click the triangle next to the Name field, choose "EPS File", and click OK to close. This print method will be used by GHS until it exits, but when GHS is restarted, the Windows default printer will be restored for GHS printing.

(5) Be aware that each EPS file corresponds to a single page of printed output, so if your report is more than one page long, an error message will be displayed and only the first page will be saved in the EPS file. To get an EPS image of a particular plot within a multi-page report, make a backup copy of the .PF file, edit it with a word processor, delete everything before the ".PLOT PAGE" line for the page you want to save, delete everything after the next ".END PAGE" line, and save as a text file.

(6) In GHS, enter PRINT followed by the name of the .PF file to print. When a window pops up to ask for the location of the "Print To File", choose any file name and folder you want, but make sure it ends with the .EPS file extension (e.g. PP.EPS).

(7) Once the EPS file has been created, you can open it in an image-editing program (such as Adobe PhotoShop or ImageReady), modify it (such as by adding additional labels or cropping off unneeded portions), and save it in the desired image format (such as EPS, BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, etc.).

(8) Depending upon your image format and word-processing software, you should now be able to insert the modified image into your word-processing document. For example, in Microsoft Word, you would click the Insert menu then choose Picture From File and select your file (which could be in EPS, BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, or other image formats). In Microsoft WordPad, you would click the Insert menu, choose Object, click Create from File, and select your file (which would need to be in BMP format to work).

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