[R] Strange behaviour of R graphics copied to PowerPoint

Viechtbauer Wolfgang (STAT) wolfgang.viechtbauer at maastrichtuniversity.nl
Mon Jun 3 16:08:43 CEST 2013

I have come across this issue many times. I have yet to find a pattern in what causes this.

At least I can offer a workaround. Instead of using "Save As" to create the pdf, what I do is "Print" with "Adobe PDF" as the printer. This gets rid of those lines and the resulting pdf looks just as nice.

There is one slight disadvantage to this. Hyperlinks in your Powerpoint presentation that are not directly given as a URL (with no line breaks) will no longer work. So, if you have:


in your slide, then this will be "clickable". However, if the hyperlink is a property of the object (e.g., text, button) in the slide, then it won't be anymore clickable when you "print" it (while "Save As" does preserve those links).


Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Ph.D., Statistician   
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> Subject: Re: [R] Strange behaviour of R graphics copied to PowerPoint
> I have not seen this particular problem, but I have seen other problems
> and I tend to export bitmaps or pdf files as a result.
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> "Erling Johan Frøysa" <erling.froysa at gmail.com> wrote:
> >Hello,
> >
> >I am using R to create graphics, especially to plot time series charts.
> >These charts are then copied as metafiles (for best quality) to a
> >PowerPoint
> >presentation and then saved to PDF (via the "Save As" dialog").
> >
> >Attached is two pictures. The first picture shows how my chart looks
> >like in
> >the R Graphics window, and the second picture shows how the chart
> >becomes
> >after saving it to PDF.
> >
> >< http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/file/n4668522/R.png>
> >
> >< http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/file/n4668522/Rppt.png>
> >
> >As you can see. After saving the metafile to PDF via PowerPoint, some
> >straight lines appears (it seems like all of the lines has the same
> >origin
> >in the upper left corner and ends somewhere on the times series line).
> >This
> >happens in both plot() and ggplot(). The problem appears more often
> >when
> >using daily data in my time series. With monthly data the problem don't
> >exist.
> >
> >Have anyone experienced this before? Do you think the problem is
> >related to
> >R or to Powerpoint?
> >
> >Thanks all,
> >
> >E
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