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SAS 9.4 Language Reference, 6th Edition by SAS Institute

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Chapter 16
Introduction to the SAS
Windowing Environment
What Is the SAS Windowing Environment? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355
Main Windows in the SAS Windowing Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
Overview of SAS Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
SAS Explorer Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357
Enhanced Editor Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358
Log Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Results Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Output Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361
Navigating in the SAS Windowing Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
Overview of SAS Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
Menus in SAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
Toolbars in SAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
The Command Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Getting Help in SAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Type Help in the Command Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Open the Help Menu from the Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369
Click Help in Individual SAS Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370
List of SAS Windows and Window Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370
What Is the SAS Windowing Environment?
SAS provides a graphical user interface that makes SAS easier to use. Collectively, all
the windows in SAS are called the SAS windowing environment.
The SAS windowing environment contains the windows that you use to create SAS
programs. However, you also find other windows that enable you to manipulate data or
change your SAS settings without writing a single line of code.
You might find the SAS windowing environment a convenient alternative to writing a
SAS program when you want to work with a SAS data set, or control some aspect of
your SAS session.
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