You have to "export" the drawing file and save as a metafile, then you can
paste this file into Word.
Use Open Office, which is free!, to edit these metafiles if you need too.
Better than Coral paint shop pro X
So how do I "export" the drawing?
The only command I see is file/save-as, and there is no metafile option.
Even then, it seems an unnecessary step that you don't need to do with
Autocad or I-Deas.
Missed a procedure there.
I save as a dfx file, open with autocad LT and export from there to a
Sorry about the confusion!
Long winded I know, but the only way I can find to get sharp graphics.
Another method I like for sharp images is printing to a postscript file
(eps). Word XP and newer can import EPS file. You can download a free
Adobe postscript printer driver from
For low res stuff I just use shift-printscreen or alt-printscreen and
paste into Word.
I quite often want to add a very simple diagram to a Word or Excel document,
and the built-in drawing capability is just right for this.... or it would
be if the interface weren't so crap.
I find it much easier to draw the diagram in CAD, and then copy/paste the
lines/arcs/text into Word. If I need to change it slightly later, I can
still use the drawing tools in Word to edit it.
At other times, I might want to include a small portion of an "official" CAD
drawing in a technical document, and the same method works well.
The problem is that for some weird reason, SWX doesn't support copy/paste
into other apps - Autocad does, and even I-Deas does, and it was originally
a Unix app!!
If I were trying to add a shaded image to a Word document, I'd probably use
something like Snagit, but generally the increase in file size resulting
from addiing raster images is not justified.
If you have an easy way to print/save as PDF from SW, you could try our
pdf2picture tool to convert it to a Windows Metafile for scalable and
editable import into Word. See www.pdf2picture.com for more info and a
free trial. We also have products for (E)PS input, and many other
Visual Integrity Technologies
For pasting into Word or Excel, I like the PNG format. It supports
vectors, so nothing is lost when scaling or zooming.
Currently, I get my PNG's this way:
1. Print to PDF.
2. Open PDF in Adobe Acrobat, and save as PNG.
I have full Acrobat (not just reader), so I am not sure if reader-only
has export to PNG functionality.
Otherwise, GhostScript (free) or Hijaak (low cost) are quite capable of
the PDF-to-PNG conversion.
Whatever PNG gets is what you get.
PNG is a bit map format as far as I know.
Their website tells what formats SnagIt grabs objects in. There are
about over 2 dozen formats.
We save our drawings in autocad dwg format and use our autocad with an
add-in called Better WMF (trial version on www.furix.com). With this program
you can copy and paste into Word (WMF format), and this will still be vector
format (small files).
Better WMF can remove the autocad background color, define the line widths,
crop the picture to the extends of the selected objects, etc. I like the
program, but I prefer to have a program what can grab a drawing from
Solidworks directly (in vector format) to paste into Word.
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