A magic wand for help with SAS procedures


Students email me all the time looking for help. There are lots of free resources out there, and we will be spotlighting them for you here in this blog.

But I found one tip recently that I just had to share with you!

If you use a computer that has SAS installed on it, chances are the SAS Help facility was installed as well. You can easily find out by

  • clicking on the book with the question mark on it on the toolbar or
  • clicking on the help menu followed by “Using this window” or
  • by typing help at the command prompt or
  • by hitting the F1 key!

It takes time to find what you are looking for, so let me share with you something I recently discovered.

If you are writing code and are using a procedure that you can’t remember the syntax for, wouldn’t it be nice to hit a button and have that help arrive? You can!

How, you ask?

Well, if you place your cursor inside the name of the procedure (anywhere inside the name), and then hit the F1 key, the SAS help window will open directly on that procedure! (If there are multiple pages that could be selected, a box will open for you to find which one you want. I recommend looking in the Procedures Guide!)

Who needs a magic wand when you have the F1 key?



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