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Re: st: Good News

From   Fred Wolfe <>
Subject   Re: st: Good News
Date   Thu, 03 Jul 2003 13:57:25 -0500

At 02:22 PM 7/3/2003 -0400, you wrote:
Stata Users:

I think I have good news for users who are frustrated by the immobility of the review and variables windows in version 8 for the MS Windows OS.

According to Kevin Crow at Stata, the developers will add a key combination that quickly suppresses the review and variables windows, so, for example, with this addition you can easily get rid of these inconvenient semi permanent windows and use the entire screen for the editor or anything else you want. This addition should more convenient for people like me who avoid the mouse whenever possible. Typing control 5 and control 6, of course will quickly bring both windows back.
I am sorry to hear that is the solution Stata will go with. I tried that with a Windows macro program and found many problems, particularly in terms of placement of the windows, with multiple sessions, and when one forgets to bring back the window before closing Stata.

For what I do, I find I use the review and variables windows often. So I would much rather have them there all of the time. I recognize that many feel the graphics and statistics pull downs, that apparently caused this problem, are a very useful. I have not found that to be the case and never use these pull downs. From my point of view I would rather have a command that allowed one to disable the pull downs and keep the otherwise great windowing system.

As long as I am complaining, I would still like to see the 2nd graphics speed-up that was promised. One thing that would certainly make graphics faster would be to error check the syntax at the start, not after much of time in calling the graphics has past.

Fred Wolfe

Fred Wolfe (
National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases
Arthritis Research Center Foundation
Wichita, KS USA

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