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Stata 5: Miscellaneous Mac questions

Title   Stata 5: Miscellaneous Mac questions
Author Chinh Nguyen, StataCorp

Stata 5: Why won't my .dta file show up in the Open dialog?

The type and creator is not set to Stata. Select Set File Type... from the File menu and select your .dta file. Confirm it has the type and creator set correctly either by using the file (double-clicking it) or by looking in the folder and verifying that the icon is a Stata DTA icon.

Stata 5: Can you suggest a text editor?

Use either TeachText or SimpleText (SimpleText is just a newer version of TeachText. All Macs come with one of them). They are both limited to handling just 32K of text. If you want to load your log files into a text editor and it is larger than 32K, you will have to use another text editor or a wordprocessor.

Word processors are not, in general, your best choice for editing data or programs because the same features that make them good for editing documents make them slow and cumbersome for editing simple text. One of our users recommends the text editor BBEdit Lite. It is able to handle large files and is freeware. The full, professional, supported version of BBEdit is available from http://www.barebones.com.

The default type/creator for a Stata log file is SimpleText/TeachText. There is currently no way to change the default type/creator Stata saves its logs as.