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Save Diagram Image to File

It is possible to capture a modeling diagram as an image file in your file management system, for later use in - for example - external documents and presentations. You can capture the image in a number of different file formats, including:

  • Windows bitmap
  • GIF image
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile (standard metafile)
  • Windows Placeable Metafile (older style metafile)
  • PNG format
  • JPG
  • TGA
  • SVG



Publish > Diagram Image > Save > Save to File

Keyboard Shortcuts


Capture a diagram as an image file



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On the 'Save As Image' dialog, select the appropriate folder location for the file.


In the 'File name' field, type the file name to save the image under.


In the 'Save as type' field, click on the drop-down arrow and select the appropriate file format.


Click on the Save button.


  • The system clips the image size to the smallest bounding rectangle that encompasses all diagram elements
  • You can scale the size of the saved (bitmap) image upwards or downwards, using the option on the 'Diagram' page of the 'Preferences' dialog ('Start > Appearance > Preferences > Preferences > Diagram')
  • You can also enable and disable Diagram Frames on the images that you capture of a diagram, on the same page of the 'Preferences' dialog
  • By deselecting the 'Printable' option on an element on a diagram, you can omit that element from the diagram image copied to file

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