Customizing Your SAS Session
Setting Default System Option Settings
You can use a configuration file to store system options with the settings that you want.
When you invoke SAS, these settings are in effect. SAS system options determine how
SAS initializes its interfaces with your computer hardware and the operating
environment, how it reads and writes data, how output appears, and other global
By placing SAS system options in a configuration file, you can avoid having to specify
the options every time you invoke SAS. For example, you can specify the NODATE
system option in your configuration file to prevent the date from appearing at the top of
each page of your output.
Operating Environment Information
See the SAS documentation for your operating environment for more information
about the configuration file. In some operating environments, you can use both a
system-wide and a user-specific configuration file.
Executing Statements Automatically
To execute SAS statements automatically each time you invoke SAS, store them in an
autoexec file. SAS executes the statements automatically after the system is initialized.
You can activate this file by specifying the AUTOEXEC= system option.
Any SAS statement can be included in an autoexec file. For example, you can set report
titles, footnotes, or create macros or macro variables automatically with an autoexec file.
Operating Environment Information
See the SAS documentation for your operating environment for information about
how autoexec files should be set up so that they can be located by SAS.
Customizing the SAS Windowing Environment
You can customize many aspects of the SAS windowing environment and store your
settings for use in future sessions. With the SAS windowing environment, you can
perform the following tasks:
Change the appearance and sorting order of items in the Explorer window.
Customize the Explorer window by registering member, entry, and file types.
Set up favorite folders.
Customize the toolbar.
Set fonts, colors, and preferences.
See the SAS online Help for more information and for additional ways to customize
your SAS windowing environment.
10 Chapter 1 Essential Concepts of Base SAS Software

Get SAS 9.4 Language Reference, 6th Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.