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Re: st: Adding borders and gridlines to tables using -rtfutil-

From   "Roger B. Newson" <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Adding borders and gridlines to tables using -rtfutil-
Date   Mon, 26 Mar 2012 18:16:23 +0100

I would tend to second Nick's advice about keeping tables as simple as possible, and not having too many lines. However, if you want to add such lines, then the answer probably involves using the -cdadd()- and -cdadd()- options of -rtfrstyle-. How exactly to do this is probably an RTF query, rather than a Stata query. The quick reference for RTF that I use is Burke (2003), and Sean Burke's web page, as recommended in the online help for -rtfutil-. However, the definitive Microsoft specification of RTF can be downloaded from

I hope this helps.

Best wishes



Burke S. M. 2003. RTF Pocket Guide. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates Inc. Download more information from Sean Burke's RTF web page at

Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
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On 26/03/2012 15:34, Nick Cox wrote:
My general tip is just don't do this! See e.g. Ehrenberg, A.S.C. 1975.
Data reduction. London: Wiley for advice on keeping tables as simple
as possible.


On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM, Souradet Shaw<[email protected]>  wrote:

I am using Stata/MP V.11.2 (64 bit) to produce RTF tables using Roger
Newson's excellent -rtfutil- program (the April 13, 2010 version). Using the
examples included in the help file, I have been able to add borders to the
top of the table, but i am wondering if folks would have any general tips as
to how to add: 1) border(s) to the bottom of a table; and 2) how to specify
adding row/column lines (i.e., gridlines) within the body of a table. Any
help will be much appreciated.

Apologies if a documented solution exists; I have searched the archives for
an answer and have not found one.
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