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Getting Rid of the X in CorelDRAW PowerClip Frames

PowerClip FrameIf my memory is correct, the PowerClip feature arrived somewhere around CorelDRAW 5. That’s 5, not X5. So it has been around for around 20 years. As Corel looks at how users take advantage of features, they look for pain points and ways that pain can be removed or at least lessened.

One such pain point was frames being left behind after the contents were extracted from a PowerClip. The solution that was implemented (I think it started in CorelDRAW X6) was to display a big X in a frame that contained no contents as you can see in the graphic at right. For me and many other users, this created an even bigger pain point. That X prints, gets exported and otherwise interferes with our artwork. Personally I wish there was a way to completely disable this new “feature” as I never want the X to appear.

I’m sure some of you like the new behavior and it helps your workflow. I got a call recently from a loyal reader being driven absolutely nuts by the X as it was showing up on a wooden sign he etched with his laser engraver. There was a real cost to etch another sign as the wood is not free. With a new feature like this, you’d think there was a very, very obvious way to get rid of the X. Unfortunately it is hidden deep enough that many users struggle to find it or don’t find it at all.

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PowerClip Frame GoneAre you one who has pulled out some of your hair to find out how to rid yourself of the X? I struggled to find it myself so I’ve written this post to help you find it a little more quickly. Plus it is a nice reminder should I forget where it is found. You need to right-click on the PowerClip frame containing the X and you’ll get a pop-up menu similar to the one above. From that menu, choose Frame Type | None as shown and the X will be gone as shown at right.

It should be more obvious how to get rid of it. Maybe there should be an option on the Property Bar or even in the Effects menu. Personally I’d prefer a way to permanently disable the “frame type” option completely as it does not help my workflow. For now, I’ll just have to do it as I’ve shown above.

About Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III
Foster D. Coburn III is the author of thirteen books on CorelDRAW, the latest being CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site and many more, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics and Web conferences.

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4 comments

  1. Solution is simple:
    Tools / Options / Workplace / PowerClip Frame / uncheck Show lines in empty PowerClip Frames … or leave as is, but choose On screen only option!

  2. Anonymous, the solution is simple for some users. That particular option was added in a service pack of CorelDRAW X6 (and also is in CorelDRAW X7), but not every user has that service pack installed.

  3. There is an important difference between these two suggestions:
    Using the settings in Options / Workplace / PowerClip Frame to remove the X will make it go away, but the object will still be a Powerclip frame. This means that any object dragged upon it will still automatically be clipped by default.
    Removing the X via the right-click command removes the frame attribute and makes it a normal object.
    This difference is not very obvious but could be good to know.

    /Ronny

  4. Verrrry Simple:-

    In the Layout menu, click Layout Toolbar.
    Third button is to remove frame (No Frame).
    Place/Keep this Layout Toolbar adjacent to standard toolbar to have quick access.

    Ha-Ha. It’s that simple.

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