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MapInfo Pro™ Monthly Journal
Easy Tip - Did you know you can copy and paste a Map window into other documents?

64 bit If you need to display a map in other documents, there is a very easy way to simply copy and paste the map window. There is a tiny little trick to this so it is easy to understand if you missed this in the past!

What you need to know is that in order to Copy and Paste a whole Map window, you have to ensure that no objects are selected. If necessary, click the Unselect All button, use the Query > Unselect All menu command or use the Ctrl-W shortcut key).

If any objects are selected then the 'Copy' command is available. If no objects are selected then the Copy Map Window command will be available.

Below is an example of map that has been copied from MapInfo Professional and was pasted into Microsoft® Word.

Map data is StreetPro UAE © TomTom BV.

More: Understanding Copy versus Copy Map Window

The "plain" Copy command will copy the selected data to the clipboard. For example, if you copy some records from a table and paste them into a document you will see the attribute data pasted into the other application. Depending on the application you are pasting into you may have the option to paste the map objects (as some form of image file) or the attribute data.

In the screenshot below are the options available when pasting data into a Microsoft Office application. Note the default is to paste the data into the document as unformatted Unicode text. Using the Paste Special command you have the option to instead paste an image. In this case it will not be the map window, instead it will be an image of the selected map objects.

Above are the options when copying and pasting some data from MapInfo Professional into a Microsoft Office application. It is possible to paste the attribute data or the map objects as an image file.

Note that when data is pasted into another application, only the data is pasted. The column headings/field names are not included. Exporting data with column headings is possible and will be the topic of a future article. If you cannot wait, check out the Table > Export command as one possibility.

Another Tip: An alternative to Cloning a Map Window

Here is another handy tip. Within MapInfo Professional, if you copy a Map window you can paste the Map window right back into the software. This is the same as choosing the Map > Clone View command.

Thematic Legends

If you use the Thematic Legend Manager to embed a Thematic Legend in your Map window, it will be included when you paste the map window in the other application. If you are not familiar with this capability, 
it was previously covered  in one of our "Rummaging in the Toolbox" articles. 

Article by Tom Probert, Editor of "The MapInfo Professional" journal

When not writing articles for "The MapInfo Professional", Tom enjoys talking to MapInfo Professional users at conferences and events. When not working he likes to see movies with car chases, explosions and kung-fu fighting.