To understand the discussions in this section, you should be familiar with the basics of
DATA step programming that are presented in “Overview of DATA Step Processing” on
Operating Environment Differences
Even though SAS has a different appearance for each operating environment, most of the
actions that are available from the menus are the same.
One of the biggest differences between operating environments is the way that you select
If your workstation is not equipped with a mouse, then here are the keyboard equivalents
to mouse actions:
Table 40.1 Mouse Actions and Keyboard Equivalents
Mouse Action Keyboard Equivalent
Double-click the item
Type an s or an x in the space next to the
item, and then press Enter
Right-click the item
Type ? in the space next to the item, and then
Examples in this documentation show SAS windows as they appear in the Microsoft
Windows environment. Usually, corresponding windows in other operating
environments show similar results. If you do not see the drop-down menus in your
operating environment, then enter the global command PMENU at a command prompt.
Starting a SAS Session
To start a SAS session, you must invoke SAS. At the operating environment prompt,
execute the SAS command. In most cases, the SAS command is
Note: The SAS command might vary from site to site. Consult your on-site SAS support
personnel for more information.
You can customize your SAS session when it starts by specifying SAS system options,
which then remain in effect throughout a session. For example, you can use the
LINESIZE= system option to specify a line size for the SAS log and print file. Some
system options can be specified only at initialization, and other system options can be
specified during a SAS session. For more information, see “Customizing SAS Sessions
and Programs at Start-up” on page 795.
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