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I love LaTeX's modularity and that I can generate (w/ Stata) and \input{} tables, which makes it really easy to update my work and to keep the same analyses across papers and presentations.

But not all of my collaborators use LaTeX. Is there a way to use my LaTeX tables in Word/PowerPoint? I see that I can link to a file in PowerPoint, but can I do the same with tables? That is, is there a way to have Word/PowerPoint compile my LaTeX tables?

Is my only option write the LaTeX table to a pdf, then screen capture, then link this file? This seems very manual and eliminates the "always up to date" feature. Is there a better way to handle this?

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Make presentations in beamer, that's more easy and pretty than powerpoint. –  Eddy_Em Apr 5 '13 at 21:35
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Unfortunately, Kurt is right. Even without issues of compilation, to include PDFs in MS Office as high resolution pictures, you need to either use snapshot or first save-as a high quality .jpg or .png and then insert into your office document. –  Kevin C Apr 5 '13 at 23:01
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To say it short: No.

Word has no inbuild tex distribution or engine to handle the LaTeX tables.

If you want to have LaTeX table in Word you can build it in LaTeX, compile it (with document class minimal or standalone) and add the resulting pdf in Word.

As far as I know is there no other way you want ...

Edit: Perhaps the best way is to show and teach your collaborators the beautiful typography of LaTeX ...

Edit: If you can include a pdf in your Word document directly depends on your used version of Word. Since Word 2010 you can do it directly (search msword include pdf file), before version 2010 not. Then you need the hints in the comments.

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Thanks. So maybe the best solution in this case is to generate one exactly cropped pdf per table? I'll have to see if I can do that programmatically. In any case that may be easier than converting some people. :-) thanks. –  Richard Herron Apr 5 '13 at 22:00
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@RichardHerron One cropped pdf per table is exactly that what I had in mind --- if converting some people does not work ;-) I converted some people with showing the the brilliant results of formula in LaTeX and (after you have learned it) the much more easier way to write formulas in LaTeX than in Word. –  Kurt Apr 5 '13 at 22:10
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To create a cropped PDF per table, you might want to use the standalone package. It will output a PDF the size of the table you are creating. To convert the PDF to another format, you could use Imagemagick. –  Ricardo Apr 6 '13 at 1:28
    
To convert the PDF to another format you can also use GIMP (gimp.org/downloads) –  Mario S. E. Apr 6 '13 at 1:39
    
Thanks, all. Good points about the resolution/size problems with the pdf solution. I'm sure that leads to unpredictable results. I learned that if you save tables to .rtf (Stata can) or .xlsx, then you end up with a good-enough solution. You can link to the file (link in question) and when you reopen the PowerPoint/Word file the links update, which is good-enough if you can't avoid PowerPoint/Word. –  Richard Herron Apr 6 '13 at 2:21
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