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
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
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.
For a list of all features in the Stata GUI,