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Re: st: Spss vs Stata
"Airey, David C" <david.airey@Vanderbilt.Edu>
Re: st: Spss vs Stata
Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:54:22 -0500
Sounds like some people need to read the PowerPoint manual.
> In the midst of a thread regarding issues related to migrating from
> SPSS to Stata, Walt Paczkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) asked
> for advice on working with both Stata and Microsoft PowerPoint:
> > ...
> > Now here's the problem with Stata and many of the comments made about
> > SPSS and Stata. The comments mentioned many times that there are ways
> > to get output into Latex for publication-quality output. I need it in
> > PowerPoint! And I'm sure there are many others like me (does any one
> > know the breakdown of Stata users between pure academics worried about
> > publications and consultants/business people?). How do I take a dozen
> > graphs and get them into PowerPoint without cutting and pasting each
> > one, one at a time (as a note, S-Plus has a PowerPoint wizard that is
> > amazing and R has a package called R2PPT that works fairly well)? How
> > do I get logit regression output into a PowerPoint slide without coping,
> > pasting, and laboriously reformatting so it looks "pretty"? This is
> > where users like me need help. We don't need LaTeX functions (by the
> > way, I'm also a heavy LaTeX user, preferring this over Word any day),
> > but rather functions to get things into PowerPoint. To me, the gist of
> > the thread on SPSS and Stata is how to get useful output to give to
> > anyone, and my vote is for functions that are PowerPoint oriented.
> > I welcome any suggestions on how to get output into PowerPoint easily,
> > quickly, and with minimum reformatting.
> Walt asked two specific questions for which the following tips may
> be useful. Note that I am using PowerPoint 2007, so menu choices
> may be slightly different in other versions of PowerPoint.
> Q1) How can multiple Stata graphs be imported to PowerPoint without
> copying/pasting each one?
> A1) First, export the Stata graphs as .wmf or .emf files. For example,
> . sysuse auto
> . scatter mpg weight
> . graph export g1.wmf
> . scatter price mpg gear_ratio
> . graph export g2.wmf
> Then, on the Insert tab of PowerPoint's ribbon bar, select
> Photo Album--New Photo Album... from the Illustration section.
> This dialog box in PowerPoint allows you to select multiple
> graphs at once, with many options for placing them on multiple
> slides, including space for titles, and so on.
> Q2) How can regression output be pasted into PowerPoint without
> the need to reformat it?
> A2) I am assuming Walt wants the output to appear in PowerPoint
> exactly as it appears in Stata. In this case, in Stata, he
> should highlight the output he wishes to copy, then pull
> down Edit and select Copy as Picture. He can then paste
> the output into Word, and it will look exactly as it did
> in Stata.
> Copy as Picture creates a metafile of the Stata output drawn
> exactly as Stata draws it. Because it is a metafile, the
> output can even be resized within PowerPoint and still look
> The same thing works when using Word or any other program
> which allows metafiles to be pasted into it.
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