Wright maps in Word, Excel, R, Notepad++

Item map in R: wrightmap.org


Transferring the item map to a Microsoft Word document:

As text (also works for Notepad++):

Adjust the size of the map using Winsteps specifications LINELENGTH=, MRANGE=, MAXPAGE=

As text: Copy-and-paste the map into the .doc file. In the .doc file,

1. copy-and-paste from Notepad to Word.

2. Select all (ctrl+a) in Word

3. Change font to Courier New or another fixed-space font, such as Consolas, Lucida Console, Andale Mono.

4. If the lines wrap, then

4a. change page orientation to "Landscape"

4b. smaller point size (you can type in point-sizes smaller than on the pull-down list): "6" works well.


5. Item maps can be combined in Word (or Notepad++) using rectangular-copy, alt+mouse.

As a picture:

Display the .txt file on your screen. Press your PrintScreen key to copy a picture of the .txt file on your screen into the Windows clipboard. Paste into your Word document. Format the picture.

As a webpage:

Output the item map as a webpage Winsteps specification ASCII=W. Copy-and-paste the item map into your Word document.



Item Map in Excel

1. We want to produce this Excel Chart (or close approximation)

2. from this Excel worksheet.


Constructed with:


1. x-axis column is the sub-scale number for each item


2  y-axis column is the item measure from IFILE= output to an Excel file.


3 put in headings with x and y coordinates to place at the top or bottom of the columns


4. for the person measure distribution, Use the Scorefile= from the Output File menu. Write the file to Excel, and then use the "Measure" and "Frequency" columns.

(If you want different "bins", use PFILE= and the Excel =frequency() formula.)


5. Then use the =REPT() Excel function to format a person sample bar

3. On the Excel worksheet toolbar, verify that you have XY Chart Labels. If not, download and install from:


4. On the Excel Worksheet page,

Click on Chart icon  or "Insert" ribbon

Click on XY (Scatter)

Click on non-lines sub-type

Click on Next

5. Click on Series

6. Click on Add

7. Click on X values

8. On Worksheet, drag mouse to highlight first sub-scale column.

Then click on series-selector icon

9. In Chart dialog

Click on Y Values selector icon

10. On Worksheet, drag mouse to highlight measure column.

Then click on series-selector icon

11. Type in the sub-scale number as the Name

For the next sub-scale:

Click Add

12. Repeat 7 through 11 for the other item sub-scales

13. Now for the Person distribution

Click Add

Click on X Values icon

14. On worksheet, drag mouse to highlight the person sub-scale number

Click on range-selector icon

15. In Chart dialog, click on Y-values icon

16. Drag mouse to select person measures

Click on range-selector icon

17. Type int Name: Person

Click Next

18. In Chart Wizard:

On Titles Tab:

Type in Chart Title: Figure 1. Item Map

Value (X) axis: Sub-scale

Value (Y) axis: Measure

Click on “Grid lines” Tab

19. On Grid lines Tab:

Uncheck all boxes

Click on Legend Tab

20. On Legend Tab:

Uncheck “Show Legend” Box

Click on “Axes” Tab

21. On Axes Tab

Uncheck “Value (X) axis”

Click on Next

22. Click on “As new sheet”

Click on Finish

23. Right-click on first sub-scale

Click on “Format Data Series”

24. Click on “Marker: None”

Click on “OK”

25. Same again for the other sub-scales:

Right-click on sub-scale

Click on “Format Data Series”

Click on “Marker: None”

Click on “OK”

26. Click on “Tools”

Click on “XY Chart Labels”

Click on “Add Chart Labels”

27. Select “Center” using pull-down menu

Click on “Label Range” selector

28. Click on Worksheet Tab

29. Drag mouse to select all item names

Click on range-selector

30. Click on OK

31. Same again for the other item sub-scales:

“Select a Data Series to Label”

select each item sub-scale

32. The once more for the Person sub-scale,

but with Label Position: Right

33. On the Worksheet,

Drag the mouse to select the XXXX column

Click on the range-selector

34. Click on OK

35. Right-click on plot background

Click on Format Plot Area

36. Click on “Area: None”

Click on OK

37. Right-click on the Y-axis

Click on “Format Axis”

38. Click on the Scale Tab

39. Choose suitable ranges and units,

Click OK

40. You can now right-click on the labels to change the font size.

You can also drag them so they don’t overprint

41. To copy the plot,

click on it to select all of it



Paste Special - Picture into your Word document.


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