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Every installation of Stata includes all the documentation in PDF format. Stata’s documentation consists of over 11,000 pages detailing each feature in Stata including the methods and formulas and fully worked examples. You can transition seamlessly across entries using the links within each entry.


Access the PDF documentation from the Help menu within Stata.

See the recommended viewer settings for viewing the PDF manuals.

You can also access the PDF entry from Stata’s help files. Each help file has a Title with the manual shortcut and entry name in blue. Click on the blue link in the Title.

Table of contents

Each manual has its own table of contents. A combined subject table of contents contains the complete table of contents for all manuals and is divided into the following subjects:

Click on a subject to go a the table of contents for that category.


Across the top of each entry are links to each section within the entry. Clicking on Description, for example, will take you directly to the description of the feature.

The bookmarks on the left-hand side also give you direct access to an entry, as well as each section within an entry. Click on the + next to the title to list the entries. Click on the + next to an entry to view the sections for that entry.


The Stata manuals all cross-reference each other. All the manuals in the Stata documentation have a shorthand notation, such as [U] for the User's Guide and [R] for the Base Reference Manual.

The complete list of shorthand notations and manuals is as follows:

Notation Manual
[R] Base Reference Manual
[D] Data-Management Reference Manual
[G] Graphics Reference Manual
[XT] Longitudinal-Data/Panel-Data Reference Manual
[M] Mata Reference Manual
[ME] Multilevel Mixed-Effects Reference Manual
[MI] Multiple-Imputation Reference Manual
[MV] Multivariate Statistics Reference Manual
[PSS] Power and Sample-Size Reference Manual
[P] Programming Reference Manual
[SEM] Structural Equation Modeling Reference Manual
[SVY] Survey Data Reference Manual
[ST] Survival Analysis and Epidemiological Tables Reference Manual
[TS] Time-Series Reference Manual
[TE] Treatment-Effects Reference Manual
[U] User's Guide
[GSM] Getting Started with Stata for Mac
[GSU] Getting Started with Stata for Unix
[GSW] Getting Started with Stata for Windows
[I] Glossary and Index

The datasets used in the manuals are made available to users. You can access the datasets from the Stata Press website.

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