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st: Can we port Stata windowing and graphics preferences between computers?

From   Roger Newson <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: Can we port Stata windowing and graphics preferences between computers?
Date   Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:50:57 +0000

Is there any way that Stata users can save windowing, font and graphics preferences in such a way as to be portable between different computers? (Or at least between different computers sharing the same operating environment?)

I ask because my hard disk failed without warning last Friday. Fortunately, I managed to re-install my Stata (Version 11, release date 09 March 2010, under Windows XP, with over 60 user-defined packages) on a temporary PC without much trouble, and do not expect to have much trouble porting everything back to my old PC when a new hard drive is installed. However, it would be even better if I could save my preferences to a server and load them again, without any manual tweaking.

I like the new standard preference sets for presentations, shipped with Stata 11, which are pre-optimized with large fonts for visibility to people with poor eyesight at the back of the hall. However, ideally, I would like also to be able to define an equally automatic preference set, with small fonts, for my own daily use, and not to have to reconstruct it when I move to a new PC.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton Campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
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London SW3 6LR
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