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st: RE: how to get tables into publishable format

From   Philip Ryan <>
Subject   st: RE: how to get tables into publishable format
Date   Sun, 02 Feb 2003 21:43:04 +1030

Stephen McDonald wrote:
You can also cut and paste using Shit-Ctrl-C (or the "copy table" function
in the edit menu) once you have highlighted the table. This will put
tab-delimited text into a Word document which can then be converted using
relevant command in the "Table" menu of Word (exact command depends on which
version). This works well for getting values across, but I usually need to
"pretty-up" headings etc.

This is true for 2-way tables such as those produced by -tabulate-. But it does not work for 3-way tables produced by -table- (that is, tables that have a "supercolumn" variable defined). On executing a Copy-Table command and pasting into Word/Excel, the supercolumns are nicely separated by tabs, but the columns within the supercolumn are separated by spaces. So too are column totals and supercolumn totals should they be specified. All this makes a copy into Excel or Word needlessly tedious.


Philip Ryan
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Department of Public Health
Medical School
University of Adelaide
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