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Why do I get Surfer Warning "Can't save linked object by itself. Unable to render GS_Surfer format" when I copy and paste?

The Surfer warning "Can't save linked object by itself. Unable to render GS_Surfer format" is a warning that you are trying to copy a map without the linked object, or vice versa.  A linked object could be a color scale, a scale bar, or a legend.

 

For example, you might have a filled contour map and a color scale bar. If you copy the contour map, but not the linked color scale, the warning will appear.

 

This is just a warning and you can still copy and paste the map after clicking OK. To not get the warning, select both the map and the linked object together before copying, or delete the linked object before copying.

 

Updated February 13, 2017

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