The most important thing to first familiarize yourself with is Stata's interface.
The Stata interface is composed of 5 key windows.
Here is a quick breakdown of each one.
The Variables window shows all the variables in your current dataset. It includes the variable's name and label (describing what it represents).
The Properties window displays variables' and dataset's properties. It shows the variable's name, label, type and format etc. You can also change your variable's properties in this window.
The Command window is where you enter your Stata commands. (We're telling Stata how we want it to analyze the data and/or what calculations we want it to make.)
The Results window shows you the results of your commands. Displays calculations, tables, and even graphs displaying the results of our analysis.
The History window keeps a record of all commands STATA has run. This window helps you to review the commands you have done, you can simply click on one of the commands to re-run it in STATA.
Now that we understand Stata's interface, let's learn more about what it can do!