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Re: st: Thanks Statacorp

From   Fred Wolfe <>
Subject   Re: st: Thanks Statacorp
Date   Wed, 25 Jan 2006 05:19:11 -0600

Gary points our below that the troublesome alt-tab behavior has not been fixed. I think he is correct. I have to alt-tab twice to get to my text editor and alt-tab once to get back to Stata. If the results window in Stata has the focus then it is only one alt-tab to the editor. What is frustrating about this is trying to guess how many alt-tabs are required and often guessing it wrong.

What StataCorp fixed was the focus problem that required the use of a mouse to get back to the command window if you were in another Stata window.

So I remain on Gary's side. It would be great to have only one alt-tab to leave Stata.


At 12:36 PM 1/24/2006, you wrote:

Fred Wolfe wrote:
Thanks Statacorp for fixing this!!!
31. When Alt-Tabbing between windows and the main Stata window, focus will automatically be sent to the Command window. Previously, focus was sent only after alphanumeric keystrokes were detected.
But . . . is it true?
Is anyone else still having trouble with the alt-tab behavior? Or am I doing something wrong?

Since I habitually use the alt-tab shortcut to navigate between windows, and in particular back and forth between Stata and my editor, I was very relieved to see the note Fred quotes from the latest executable update for Windows. I have been hoping for this fix since the *faulty* (non-standard, in any case) alt-tab behavior was introduced with version 9.0.

With the Jan 20, 2006 update I must still alt-tab-tab to get from the Stata command window to my editor (i.e. to get out of Stata and into to the next application window). A single alt-tab will take me back to Stata, but contrary to the release note above, it returns control to the main Stata window until an alphanumeric character is typed, not directly to the command window.

This is true both on my work desktop (Windows XP pro) and at home (XP home).

I have the following boxes checked for windowing preferences:

- use docking guides
- enable ability to dock, undock, pin, or tab windows
- make windows float (excluding results)
- make results window float


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Fred Wolfe
National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases
Wichita, Kansas
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