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st: Re: creating a macro for files


From   Friedrich Huebler <huebler@rocketmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Re: creating a macro for files
Date   Thu, 20 Apr 2006 14:01:57 -0700 (PDT)

Excel (at least version 2003) does not expect a binary file. A
tab-delimited text file with the suffix .xls is opened by Excel
without problems. In fact, saving tab-delimited text files as .xls
with -outsheet- is a convenient shortcut that makes it possible to
open such files in Excel by double-clicking them in Windows Explorer.
It is not necessary to start Excel first and then go to File - Open
to run the import wizard.

Friedrich Huebler

--- Kit Baum <baum@bc.edu> wrote:
> It is also worth mentioning that if you name a file .xls, Excel
> might  
> expect it to look like a binary spreadsheet file of type .xls. What
> outsheet creates is a text file, which you might name .txt, .csv,  
> etc. Excel will probably be happier reading the file if you make it
> clear that it is a text file. Stata does not write Excel-compatible
> binary files.
> 
> Kit Baum, Boston College Economics
> http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html
> 
> 
> On Apr 20, 2006, at 2:33 AM, Nick wrote:
> 
> >> local i = 1
> >> foreach file in oilgs data2 data3 {
> >> 	use `file', clear
> >> 	outsheet using bra`i'.xls
> >> 	local ++i
> >> }


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