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Pasting figures into powerpoint

Asked by Andrew
on 21 Mar 2014
Latest activity Commented on by Anthony
on 30 Jan 2015

Hi All, Am suddenly having a problem pasting figures from matlab into powerpoint 2013. I select "edit>copy figure" in the figure window then paste into a powerpoint slide. The figure goes in, but it is embedded in the top left quarter of an empty box (so the actual graphic is 1/4 the size of the transparent box is is being pasted in. The weird thing is that this was working fine until ~ 2 weeks ago. Went back to old code that I have done this cut and paste many time with and those are having the same problem. Am suspicious that there has been an update to powerpoint that is causing the problem, but am totally at a loss as to how to troubleshoot it. Has anyone else had this issue? I would greatly appreciate any advice. Andrew

PS - I am aware there are more consistent ways of getting high quality figures into documents, but cut and paste is super convenient for internal use and has been working for me for 10 years now without any problems until now.


on 4 Jun 2014


Did you change computer spec or screen resolution before this happen? After talking to Matlab rep, we tried reducing the screen resolution and the white area shrank. Didn't completely solve the problem but seem like the problem is related to it. My computer screen resolution is 2560x1440. If yours is similar it may be the case.

on 30 Jun 2014

I have the same problem. Would love if somebody could solve this.

Yumnah Mohamied on 11 Sep 2014

I have the same problem! Was very convenient before. Please do point me the direction if you have managed to find a way around this new bug.


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Answer by Ilia
on 14 Jan 2015

I hope it is still relevant for someone.

For me it was solved by either going to lower resolution i.e. from 1920x1080 to 1360x768 or by enabling the checkbox " Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" in the compatibility tab for matlab.

(MATLAB version R2012b; windowa 8.1 and MS Office 2013)

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on 30 Jan 2015

A colleague of mine had the same problem. This "fix" solved it. Her setup was (MATLAB version R2013b; windows 8.1 and MS Office 2013). I didn't think 1920x1080 was particularly high but I guess it was high enough. Thanks for the solution.

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