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Do-file Editor

Stata’s Do-file Editor has been written to make programming tasks simpler than ever.

Among the features are

  • Syntax highlighting. Having command names, variables names, macro names, strings, operators, and other program elements in different colors allows you to spot syntax errors and bugs.
  • Code folding. Collapse code within program, mata, input, forvalues, quietly, if/else, and other blocks of code. Focus on the code you are currently writing or debugging and hide everything else. In the Do-file Editor below, we know the code in the two if blocks is good, so we have the code folded—indicated by the plus signs inside the square boxes. Clicking on those boxes expands the code, showing the hidden lines.
  • Column-mode. Optionally select and edit columns of text.
  • Indentation guide. Display vertical lines at every tab stop to aid in writing visually clean code.
  • Convert extended ASCII to Unicode. Specify character encoding of legacy do-files so that any extended ASCII characters can be converted to the right Unicode character.
  • Line bookmarks. Attach a bookmark to a line of code, and then quickly access that line later by using its bookmark.
  • Brace matching. Manage complex, large blocks of code more easily.
  • Add/remove comments. Make a selection and add or remove comments (/*, */ and //).
  • Re-indent. Make a selection and re-indent your code to be properly aligned and spaces are converted to tabs.
  • No file-size limits. Use the Do-file Editor to examine large text files before importing them as datasets into Stata.
  • Tabs. Open multiple files at the same time in different tabs.

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