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How do I add XY points to my map in Surfer?

There are three ways to add XY points to a map in Surfer. Which way is best depends on the data you have.

1) Draw the point manually in a new empty base layer:

  1. Select the existing map.
  2. Click Home | Add to Map | Layer | Empty Base.
  3. Right click over the new Base layer in the Contents window and click Start Editing.
  4. Click Home | Insert | Point and draw the point at the location you want.
  5. Right click over the Base layer again and click Stop Editing.

2) Load a data file containing the point location as a base layer:

  1. Save the XY coordinates to a data file, like an Excel file (or DAT, CSV, TXT, etc), with the X coordinate in one column and the Y coordinate in another column.
  2. Then select the existing map and click Home | Add to Map | Layer | Base.
  3. Select the data file and click Open.
  4. Select the X and Y data columns and click OK. The base layer is created.

3) Load a data file containing the XY point location as a post layer:

  1. Save the XY coordinates to a data file, like an Excel file (or DAT, CSV, TXT, etc), with the X coordinate in one column and the Y coordinate in another column.  
  2. Then select the existing map and click Home | Add to Map | Layer | Post.
  3. Select the data file and click Open. The post layer is created. By default it uses column A as the X coordinate column and column B as the Y coordinate column (you can change this later).
  4. To make any changes (e.g. X column, Y column, symbol properties, labels, etc) select the Post layer in the Contents window and make any changes in the Properties window.

 

Updated November 2, 2017

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    Andrew Sayce

    How is this done in scripter ?

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    Jennifer Woodson

    @Sayce,

    You can add a post layer to a map using the AddPostLayer method. You can read more in the help: AddPostLayer. You may also want to review the sample script that comes with Surfer, PostMap.bas. By default, this script is located at C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Surfer 13\Samples\Scripts\PostMap.bas.

    Thanks,

    Jennifer

    Edited by Jennifer Woodson
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