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


From   Roger Newson <r.newson@imperial.ac.uk>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: Can we port Stata windowing and graphics preferences between computers?
Date   Fri, 12 Mar 2010 12:47:19 +0000

Thanks to Eric and Tim for these suggestions. I looked in my Windows registry using -regedit.exe-, and found, in the Stata 11 tree, what looked like multiple entries for my current preferences set. So, it appears that, under Windows, the preferences are indeed stored in the Registry, as Tim sugggested. And, as Tim also pointed out, it is not a good idea to modify the Windows registry, unless you are 100% certain of what you are doing. I personally only do this to port my TextPad settings, and even this was frowned upon when I admitted this to our IT support supremo some years ago. So it is probably best for most Stata users under Windows to keep on setting our windowing preferences manually, although Stata users under MacOS seem to have a sensible system and do not have to do this.

This is presumably the fault of Microsoft, and not of StataCorp. I knew the Windows registry was bad news when it was introduced in Windows 95. I preferred the more user-friendly .ini files system that we had under Windows 3x. In general, we have to expect any Microsoft upgrade to be a partial downgrade.

Best wishes

Roger


On 12/03/2010 06:04, Tim wrote:
I think the preferences are stored in the Windows registry.

So you should be able run regedit, find the Stata entries (probably
under hkey_current_user) and export them. Then you can import them on
another computer.

Standard warning about DO NOT MESS WITH THE WINDOWS REGISTRY applies. I
don't know if there are machine specific entries that will cause
problems if imported to another machine. If I were to approach this
myself, I would try to identify and export the minimum I need. In
practice, I only have 2 or 3 changes from the default, so I would just
redo these changes on the new installation.

Tim

Roger Newson wrote:
Thanks to Eric for these suggestions.

Unfortunately, at least on my Windows version of Stata, the File menu
contains nothing about saving preferences, only about saving (and
importing) data. And the Edit menu has an option "Preferences", which
has sub-options about loading, saving and deleting preferences, but
nothing about any files that they might be loaded from or saved to. And
the help for -window manage prefs- also contains a lot about loading and
saving preference sets, but not much about what files they might be
loaded or saved to. Presumably, they must be saved somewhere, but I have
not yet managed to find anything that looks like it might be one of
them, either in the sub-folders of the Stata11 program folder, or in the
various "Documents and Settings" folders that we have under Windows. I
don't know if it is different under MacOS, or if the ".rc" files that
Eric mentions are a clue. I will keep on looking.

On 11/03/2010 20:55, Eric Booth wrote:


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 profile.do file.

~ Eric
__
Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu


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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Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
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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
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
Email: r.newson@imperial.ac.uk
Web page: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/nhli/r.newson/
Departmental Web page:
http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/about/divisions/nhli/respiration/popgenetics/reph/

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