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st: wishlist - active dataset name in title bar
I agree with Nick, but would like to suggest that the problem is somewhat
worse. Right now I have 3 copies of Stata running (Windows XP Pro).
The task bar (the bar at the bottom of the Windows screen) shows:
3 copies of "Stata do file" and I can't tell which is which.
1 copy each of Stata/SE 8.2, 2-Stata/SE 8.2 and 3-Stata/SE 8.2. When the
task bar gets crowded, I can't tell Stata/SE from Stata do file, as the
truncation obscures the end of the description.
Given the problems of the world, this is a minor nuisance, but a nuisance
Here are some possible suggestions. I recognize that other would do it
As I use an external text editor, I paste code into the Stata do file
window, but never deliberately click in the do file in the task bar.
Instead, from Stata: control-8, control-a, control-b is much easier and
runs whatever I need. So would it be possible as an option not to show the
Stata do files in the task bar? Then I would only have 3 Stata copies in
task bar, not 6.
Second, could there be different logos on the task bar and/or colors for
the windows associated with each copy so that each copy could be identified
more easily. I suspect that this may be difficult to do.
At 04:56 AM 6/2/2004, you wrote:
The principle of uniformity across platforms
is very important in Stataland, but not
an absolute. There are now lots of platform-specific
features, often tiny details which make things just
a little easier.
I wouldn't want StataCorp to put something like
this on the Mac version if it was alien to that
OS, but at least for Windows, this seems natural
and useful to me. I often have multiple Statas open, and even
with two I can get confused on which is using
On the specific problem, one answer is
provided by my favourite text editor.
At present I have multiple copies of that
open and the bars show names like
In short, the filename should go first
and the rest of the path afterwards. There
is almost never enough space for more than
a bit of the full name, but there is usually
enough space to provide some useful information.
> On 01/06/2004, at 16:33, "Syed Gillani"
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I mean that the Title bar (the top blue bar in stata window
> that reads
> > "Intercooled Stata 8.2") should mention the name of current
> dataset in
> > memory, like "Intercooled Stata 8.2 (abc.dta)" for the
> first window and
> > "2-Intercooled Stata 8.2 (lmn.dta)" or "3-Intercooled Stata 8.2
> > (xyz.dta)"
> > for other windows, if one has multiple sessions running.
> No thanks, because it is not a general solution for supported Stata
> platforms. I am quite happy to see the file name as the header of the
> Results window for the active data set but putting it in the
> title bar
> that reads "intercooled Stata 8.2" becomes the menu bar on Mac. Names
> somewhat longer than "abc.dta" e.g.
> "Intercooled Stata 8.2 - Capacity Mid-range November 2003 set 2.dta"
> do not work quite so well on the menu bar! Please stick to window
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