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

From   Eric Booth <>
Subject   Re: st: Can we port Stata windowing and graphics preferences between computers?
Date   Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:55:24 -0600


I've never tried this, so this is just a guess, but can you not just save your preferences from the "File" menu (in Mac OS X it creates a ".rc" file), locate that file and copy to a new machine, and then use/open the file from the same menu?  I've used it to change windowing preferences when switching my laptop from being plugged into an external monitor to the classroom podium projector, but I've never tried it across multiple machines or platforms.

If you are looking for a command line solution, you can use the -window manage prefs- command (type "help window manage prefs") to load and save preferences; so you could put that command in your do-file or your file.

~ Eric
Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University

On Mar 11, 2010, at 1:50 PM, Roger Newson wrote:

> 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
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