Tutorial:Export of Pictures to the Clipboard

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GeoGebra’s graphics view can be exported as a picture to your computer’s clipboard. Thus, they can be easily inserted into text processing or presentation documents allowing you to create appealing sketches for tests, quizzes, notes or mathematical games.

Exporting Pictures to the Clipboard

Create your Sketch

Open a new GeoGebra window and make sure the Algebra View, Input Bar and coordinate axes are shown.

1 f(x) = 0.5x³ + 2x² + 0.2x - 1 Enter the cubic polynomial f
2 R = Root[ f ] Create the roots of polynomial f
Note Hint: If there are more than one root GeoGebra will produce indices for their names if you type in R = (e.g. R1, R2, R3).
3 E = Extremum[ f ] Create the extrema of polynomial f
4 Tool Tangents.gif Create tangents to f in E1 and E2
5 I = InflectionPoint[ f ] Create the inflection point of polynomial f
Note Hint: You might want to change properties of objects (e.g. color of points, style of the tangents, show name and value of the function).

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Exporting a Picture to the Clipboard

GeoGebra will export the whole Graphics View into the clipboard. Thus, you need to make the GeoGebra window smaller in order to reduce unnecessary space on the Graphics View:

  • Move your figure (or the relevant section) to the upper left corner of the Graphics View using the Move Graphics View tool (see left figure below).
    Note Hint: You might want to use tools Tool Zoom In.gif Zoom In and Tool Zoom Out.gifZoom Out in order to prepare your figure for the export process.
  • Reduce the size of the GeoGebra window by dragging its lower right corner with the mouse (see right figure below).
    Note Hint: The pointer will change its shape when hovering above an edges or corner of the GeoGebra window.
  • Create two points named Export_1 and Export_2. The rectangular zone with opposite corners in the points will be exported
    Note Hint: You can move the points for differents pictures with same size.
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Use the File Menu to export the Graphics View to the clipboard:

  • Export – Graphics view to Clipboard
    Note Hint: You could also use the key combination Ctrl + Shift + C


  • Your figure is now stored in your computer’s clipboard and can be inserted into any word processing or presentation document.
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The ExportImage Command

The scripting ExportImage command in scripts can be tied to buttons and other user-triggered methods as an alternative method to save images to the clipboard or to a file. This command can also take advantage of Export_1 and Export_2 points to define an image view area. .

Inserting Pictures into a Text Processing Document

After exporting a figure from GeoGebra into your computer’s clipboard you can now paste it into a word processing document.

Inserting pictures from the clipboard to MS Word

  • Open a new text processing document
  • From the Home tab select Paste. The picture is inserted at the position of the cursor.
    Note Hint: You can use the key combination Ctrl + V instead.

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Reducing the size of pictures in MS Word

If necessary you can reduce the size of the picture in MS Word:

  • Double click the inserted picture.
  • Change the height/width of the picture using the Size group on the right.
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Note: If you change the size of a picture, the scale is modified. If you want to maintain the scale (e.g. for your students to measure lengths) make sure the size of the picture is 100%.
Note: If a picture is too big to fit on one page MS Word will reduce its size automatically and thus, change its scale.

Inserting pictures from the clipboard to OO Writer

  • Open a new text processing document
  • From the Edit menu select Paste or use the key combination Ctrl + V.
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Reducing the size of pictures in OO Writer

  • Double click the inserted picture.
  • Select the Type tab in the appearing Picture window.
  • Change width/height of the picture.
  • Click OK.
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