Have drawn objects be part of a base map (move and resize when moving or rescaling the map) in Surfer

Drawn objects like polygons and lines must be part of the map if you would like these objects to move or resize when the map itself is moved or resized. You can draw items directly onto a base layer so that they are attached to the map.  To do this:

  1. Select the existing map and click Home | Add to Map | Layer | Empty Base.
  2. Click the new Base(vector) layer in the Contents window to select it.
  3. Click the Features tab, and draw as many items as you like on the map using the Insert commands. They will all be added to the Base(vector) layer created.
  4. Press ESC on the keyboard to exit drawing mode.
  5. Now when you move, limit or rescale the map, the drawn objects will be moved, shifted and rescaled accordingly.


If the objects are already drawn on top of the map, and you want to add them to be part of the map, you can use the Home | Clipboard | Move/Copy tool to move or copy the object to a base layer in a Map object. This tool also allows you to move/copy objects between base layers, or from a base layer to the plot document. 

  1. Select the object(s) you would like to move or copy to a new layer. If there are multiple objects, hold either the CTRL or SHIFT keys to select multiple objects.
  2. Click Home | Clipboard | Move/Copy.
  3. In the Move/Copy to Layer dialog, select your Destination layer. 
  4. Toggle your preferred Operation and click OK.

    Surfer's Move/Copy to Layer dialog.png 


Updated October 18, 2021

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