The (Options) Page Tab

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Copy/Export Page Settings Group

This group primarily controls the image copied to clipboard when using the Edit:Copy Page menu command on a graph window or layout page. A few of the settings (Margin Control, Clip Border Width, and Resolution) also affect default settings for exporting graphs. However the graph export dialog provides easy way to override defaults and use custom settings based on a theme file.


Controls the size of the page. The units are as a percent of the original page size (set to 40 for 40%, etc.). This default ratio is 100%. Please note, when you copy the page and paste it into another application such as MS Word, the page might be scaled down as oversized during pasting according to the rule of Word.

Margin Control

This value controls the amount of the graph page that is copied/exported. The graph page is identified by that area which, by default, is the white background of your graph. The "bounding box"† used in the Border and Tight modes is page specific.

  • Border: copy/export the page within the bounding box plus add the border that is specified in the Clip Border Width combination box. Bounding box will include any objects that exist outside of the graph page
  • Tight: copy/export the page within the bounding box. Differs from Tight in Page in that the bounding box will be drawn to include objects outside of the graph page.
  • Page: copy/export the entire page (the white area) in the graph window.
  • Tight in Page: use a tight bounding box around all elements that are positioned fully/more than 50% area within the graph page.

On occasion, an object exists somewhere outside the graph page (for example, a text object that has been created, dragged off the page, and forgotten). When Margin Control is set to Border or Tight, Origin draws the bounding box around all objects on the graph, including unseen objects that may be located outside the page. This has the effect of shrinking the exported graph. If you copy your graph and paste to another application and the pasted graph looks much smaller than it should, try setting Margin Control to Tight in Page, save the option, and try copying and pasting again.

†Note: Starting with Origin 2018, you can both (1) view the bounding box and (2) affect the size of the bounding box, using the Export Margin Offset dialog box.

Clip Border

This combination box is only available if Border is selected from the Margin Control drop-down list. This value determines the border that is included in the image. The value is in percentage of the width of the bounding box.

Simple and Advanced

For most applications that receive your copied image, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, these settings may need no adjustments. Change these settings ONLY if the image does not reproduce correctly.

Advanced, Keep Size (recommended)

The default settings (Advanced, Keep Size) will keep the image closest to the page size, and will provide the best results for most external applications that receive the copied image.

Advanced, Set Resolution
Try this setting only if you notice distortions in the image when pasted in the receiving application. A setting of 300 to 600 DPI should fix most distortions.

For OpenGL 3D graphs, you can set a higher resolution such as 1200 DPI to get better seamless joining of surface elements.


Simple is NOT recommended. It is mainly provided for backward compatibility with older versions of Origin.

Grid Spacing in Pixels Group


Type or select the desired value from this combination box to set the spacing of the layer grid lines in pixels.


Type or select the desired value from this combination box to set the spacing of the object grid lines in pixels.

Note: To view the grid lines, select View:Show:Grid Type (where Grid Type = Object or Layer).