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Re: st: Using MS Word mail merge with Stata graphs


From   "Michael Blasnik" <michael.blasnik@verizon.net>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: Using MS Word mail merge with Stata graphs
Date   Thu, 10 Jun 2004 14:03:37 -0400

The mail merge solution is good for replicating the same page over and over
with differing information -- more typical of an appendix than a narrative
report.  For graphs put within the body of a report, I find that the
includepicture field links don't seem to consistently refresh when you tell
them to (through hitting F9), I assume this is a Word bug.   Instead, you
sometimes have to go to Edit->Links and select the links you want and click
to have them manually refreshed.

I find that learning a little about automating both sides of the process
(not just in Stata but in Word or whatever word processor you use) really
helps bring out the power of using do file to create all of a report's
graphs.  It allows you to update data or make changes to the
look/layout/content of your graphs easily and you get some beautiful results
with Stata 8 (I've finally gotten used to waiting for graphs to appear), a
lot better than stooping to Excel.

Michael Blasnik
michael.blasnik@verizon.net



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Buzz Burhans" <wsb2@cornell.edu>
To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2004 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: st: Using MS Word mail merge with Stata graphs


> Michael,
>
> Thanks very much for taking the time to describe your system. It looks
like
> a nice way to get this done.  I had a set of reports I used for reporting
> Stata results that change regularly, but I couldn't get the graphs to
> refresh automatically in Word, so I exported the data to an asci file, and
> then automated the import in Excel and let Excel draw the graphs.  Your
> solution looks much more like what I was after; Thanks very much, I
> appreciate the time you took to describe it.
>
> Buzz Burhans


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