|Title||How to avoid accidentally clearing multiple selections in the Variables or Review window|
|Author||Chinh Nguyen, StataCorp|
Stata 10 now uses the Data Browser control for the Variables and Review windows. This is the same control the Finder uses for displaying files in list form in a folder window. The Data Browser control allows multiple items to be selected but behaves differently depending on where you click in a cell that is part of a selected group of items.
You can select multiple items by clicking cells while holding down the shift key or Apple key. If you click the text in a cell, the Data Browser maintains the current selection. If you click in the blank area of a cell that contains text, only the cell that you clicked is selected. Thus, if you have multiple items selected and then right-click in a blank area of a cell that is already selected, the selection is changed to just the cell you right-clicked. Stata cannot prevent this from happening because this behavior is imposed by Mac OS X.
To avoid this behavior, you must click a variable name or command in the Variables or Review window, not a blank area.