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st: Re: .wmf or .emf ? Can we edit the graphs outside Stata? How

From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Re: .wmf or .emf ? Can we edit the graphs outside Stata? How
Date   Thu, 1 Jul 2004 13:42:04 -0400

I suggest that you look at help for MS Word, where you will find that (in
windows, at least) you can right click on any .emf or .wmf graphic that you
import and find the choice for -edit picture-.  I never use that approach
because, at least in many earlier versions of Word, it would have been more
properly named -Destroy Picture- as Word would ungroup and then hopelessly
mess up graphics (rotating text, moving aligned items, etc..).  Maybe they
have fixed this but it may be smarter to either use Stata to get what you
want, or use an actual graphics editing program that works with vector
graphics files like .emf or .wmf files. Check Statalist archives for past
recommendations from users).

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Renzo Comolli" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 1:28 PM
Subject: st: .wmf or .emf ? Can we edit the graphs outside Stata? How

> Dear Statalist,
> Among the options of -graph export- there is to save it as .wmf or .emf
> What is the difference? I tried to look on the manuals and everywhere on
> internet, but I am still not clear. I understand that the .emf has the
> generating the graph inside the file itself, but where? How to access
> And how to use them?
> Once the graphs have been imported in MSWord, is it still possible to edit
> them? If so, how? Or should they be imported in Excell to edit them and
> exported to Word from there?
> I know that most (possibly all and more) of the editing that I am thinking
> of could be done in Stata itself before exporting, but so far editing the
> graphs in Stata has not been time-efective for me in terms of the time
> to learn the commands.
> So far the only thing I managed to do in Word is cropping the edges, which
> is useless to me.
> Best regards,
> Renzo Comolli

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