|SAS Companion for the Microsoft Windows Environment
For information on using the graphical user interface
(GUI), see Overview of the SAS System Interface
Some of the GUI features include
- Docking View
- The Docking View allows for easy navigation
within SAS by integrating certain windows, such as the Explorer window and
the Results window, into the left side of the main SAS window. Files that
you open from the docking area open as a separate window in the remaining
SAS workspace. You can undock individual windows if you prefer.
- pull-down menu enhancements
- The Local, Global, and Options pull-down menus
have been removed.
You can use the View menu
to access the Program Editor,
Enhanced Editor, Log,
Output, Graph, Explorer, Results, and My Favorite Folder
You now set options and customize tools from the Tools menu. The Tools menu also provides
access to various SAS editors.
When an editor is the active window, you can use the Run menu to submit SAS programs either locally or
The Solutions menu provides
access to applications for analysis, presentation, program development, reporting,
Also, icons are associated with some of the menu items.
- pop-up menu enhancement
- There are now more places within the main
SAS window that have pop-up menus when you click the right mouse button.
- command bar enhancements
- SAS remembers commands that you have entered
from previous SAS session. If you type a command, SAS recognizes the command
and automatically completes the command for you.
- toolbar enhancements
- Using the Customize Tools dialog box, you
can add, delete, and modify tools on the toolbar as well as specify the help
and screen tip text to display.
- Window Bar
- The window bar displays a button for each
open window within the main SAS window. You can easily make a window the active
window by clicking on the window's button on the window bar.
- Microsoft IntelliMouse support
- SAS supports Microsoft IntelliMouse, which
is a modified mouse that includes a wheel used for scrolling. Support for
IntelliMouse also includes AutoScroll.
- Page Setup dialog box
- The Page Setup dialog box lets you interactively
define global settings for paper orientation, margins, paper size, and paper
source, instead of defining these settings for each printer from the Print
Setup dialog box.
- Print dialog box
- Using the Print dialog box, you can select
a printer, the window, number of copies, and page range you want to print.
You can also specify if you want to print the output as a bitmap or to print
to a file.
- Print Preview utility
- This utility enables you to see what your
printed output will look like before you print the file.
- Preferences dialog box enhancements
- The Preferences dialog box categorizes settings
on different pages:
- General page
- contains settings for listing recently used files in the
File menu, exit settings, submitting the contents of a file when it is opened,
and e-mail options.
- View page
- has settings for window components that you would like available
in the main SAS window, such as scrollbars, command line, docking view, window
bar, and status line.
- Edit page
- has options for the overtype mode, autosave
unmarking with navigation keys,
and using the Enhanced
- Results page
- has options to select HTML and conventional
- Web page
- is where the user defines their preferred
Web browser and the Web page to open when the Web browser is invoked.
- Advanced page
- contains scrolling options for the Output
and Log windows as well as options to hide the cursor in non-input windows
and to disable focus on scroll bars.
- viewing SAS System Help using Microsoft HTML Help viewer
- When Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or
above is installed, the SAS System Help in HTML displays in a window independent
of your web browser.
- Certain windows, such as the SAS Explorer window, can have
a web look and feel when Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or above is installed.
The web enhancements, enabled with the WEBUI system option, let you point
the mouse cursor to select an item and a single-click to invoke the default
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