When you run a program or task in SAS Enterprise Guide, the application wraps your job in an "ODS sandwich", the colloquial term we use for the ODS statements necessary to create output that can be viewed in your project.
That's convenient for exploring and refining your program, but at some point you might want to use your own ODS statements and options to control the format and appearance of the output. You might find that the default ODS sandwich that SAS Enterprise Guide generates can get in your way.
For example, suppose that you want to create a PDF output with landscape orientation and Legal paper size. The default SAS Enterprise Guide options might be in conflict with some of the options you need. The best approach? Squelch the "automatic" options, and code up your own exactly how you need them. Here's how.
First, change the properties of your SAS program.. Right-click on the program node in your flow and select Properties, or click the Properties icon at the top of the editor window:
In the Properties window, select the Results tab. Then select the Customize results formats [...] option, and uncheck all of the built-in formats.
options orientation=landscape papersize=legal; ods noproctitle; /* using ID= to control each ODS dest */ ods pdf (id=custom) /* this file path is on the SAS workspace */ file="C:\Projects\report.pdf" columns=2 style=journal; title "Types by Cylinders and MSRP stats"; proc freq data=sashelp.cars; table Type * Cylinders; run; proc means data=sashelp.cars; class Origin; var msrp; run; /* print-friendly image options */ ods pdf (id=custom) dpi=300 startpage=no; ods graphics / noborder scale=on height=2in width=2.5in; title "Distribution"; proc sgplot data=sashelp.cars; histogram msrp; density msrp; run; ods pdf (id=custom) close;
- The FILE= option on the ODS PDF statement refers to the file that you want to create in the file system of your SAS workspace, not your local machine. SAS Enterprise Guide will offer to download this file for you to view, but if you want complete control over where it lands on your local PC, use the Copy Files task to download it.
- If you run this program in SAS Enterprise Guide without turning off the other Results formats, the final PDF output won't have all of the attributes you expect. For example, the graph might look slightly different. So if this PDF is your ultimate objective, be sure to suppress the automatic results from SAS Enterprise Guide.
- Use this same technique to create custom HTML output, or ODS POWERPOINT (new in 9.4), ODS EPUB (new in 9.4) or even ODS HTML5 (hey! new in 9.4).
For a minimalist, fast-running SAS program, you can use this technique to suppress the fancy (bulkier) ODS results and rely on the old-school LISTING format. In the Results properties for your program, uncheck all output destinations except for Text. If your program generates only text-based output that you want to view quickly, this will turn SAS Enterprise Guide into a speedy-quick results-generating machine...just like you might be accustomed to from your old PC SAS days.