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ariley@stata.com (Alan Riley) |

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Re: st: Exporting Stata windowing preferences under Windows |

Date |
Fri, 11 Jun 2004 17:33:55 -0500 |

Roger Newson (roger.newson@kcl.ac.uk) asked about mutliple sets of Stata windowing preferences: > I would like to be able to save multiple sets of Stata windowing > preferences under Windows. > ... > Unfortunately, in the Getting Started documentation for Stata 8 under > Windows (-[GSW] 18 Setting font and window preferences-) it is stated: > "Note: Only one set of preferences can be saved". However, I have also > been looking at the FAQ at > > http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/win/preferences.html > > in which Kyle Willman & Jeremy Wernow of StataCorp explain how to export > and import Stata 7 windowing preferences under Windows NT using the Windows > NT Registry Editor. This looks like a way to store multiple windowing > preferences in Windows .reg files, for import using the Windows -regedit- > Registry Editor. Unfortunately, they state: "This FAQ is for users of Stata > 7. It is not relevant for Stata 8." Although that FAQ talks specifically about Stata 7, it can be generalized to Stata 8. However, I should point out that registry-editing under Windows is inherently dangerous and should only be used as a last resort. A slip-up while editing the registry can potentially render a Windows computer unusable. With that said, Roger could try the same tricks mentioned in the above FAQ, substituting '8' for '7'. We have followed a similar structure in the registry for Stata 8's preferences. Let me suggest an alternate approach, however. Stata is smart enough to store its preferences on a per-user basis. If I wanted to work with one set of preferences most of the time under my regular account, but I sometimes wanted to use Stata (and other software perhaps) for presentations on a screen with a different resolution, I would set up two user accounts for myself. The first one (let's call it just "alan") would be my normal account used on a day-to-day basis. The second one might be "alanproj" (think 'projector' for presentations). Stata, and many other applications, could then be set up with preferences specific to each account. Switching between them is as easy as logging out of one account and logging into the other. Depending on Roger's needs, this might be a safer alternative to editing the registry. --Alan (ariley@stata.com) * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: Exporting Stata windowing preferences under Windows***From:*Roger Newson <roger.newson@kcl.ac.uk>

**Re: st: Exporting Stata windowing preferences under Windows***From:*Pete Huckelba <huckelba@stata.com>

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