Now we are ready to open the data.

There are several ways to do this, but the easiest way while in STATA is to click on the “File” menu at the top left and then click on “Open.”

Then navigate  your way to the folder to which you downloaded the data. We have called that folder Stata Course. Finally, click on the data set.

It will be named “your file”. After selecting the data file, click on “Open” and the file will open in STATA. Alternatively, if you know the full path and file  name of the data file, you could enter this directly into STATA in the STATA “Command” window using:

 The clear option at the end of the above command will remove from memory any data currently there. Using this option does not pose a problem when you are getting started, but you should be aware that if you load a new data set using the clear option, you will lose all the changes you might have made, unless you save the changes before using the command.


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