|SAS Companion for the Microsoft Windows Environment|
The SAS System under Windows provides comprehensive online HTML-based documentation. You can access several different levels of help information, depending on the context and the type of information you need.
Note: For full help support for the SAS System, be sure Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or above is installed. SAS System Help displays best and provides full help functions using Internet Explorer, including easy navigation, indexing, and search capabilities. When Internet Explorer is installed, SAS System Help displays with all help functions available. For information on defining a browser, see Web Preferences.
Also note that when Internet Explorer is installed during
SAS installation, it is only used for the SAS System. No changes are made
to the Windows registry.
|Getting Help from the Command Bar|
You can get help for SAS language elements and SAS products by using the HELP command in the command bar. When you enter the HELP command, the SAS System Help displays help for either the active window or for the type of help you specify in the HELP command argument. Types of Help Available Using the Command Bar lists the HELP command arguments and the resulting display in the SAS System Help.
|Help Argument||The SAS System Help Display||Example|
|none||help for the active window||HELP|
|language element||help on the specified language element||HELP FILENAME|
|language element type||a list of links to all language elements within the language element type||HELP DSOPTIONS|
|product name||product help||HELP SAS/CONNECT|
|HELP||how to use the HELP command||HELP HELP|
The HELP arguments for language element types include these strings:
|commands||lists SAS commands|
|dsoptions or datasetoptions||lists SAS data set options|
|formats||lists SAS formats|
|functions||lists SAS functions|
|informats||lists SAS informats|
|procedures||lists SAS procedures|
|statements||lists SAS statements|
|systemoptions||lists SAS system options|
|Getting Help in the Dialog Boxes|
To access help in a dialog box, click on [?] at the top of the dialog box, then click the item you want information about. A pop-up window appears with a definition for the item. To close the pop-up window, click anywhere on the dialog box. If the dialog box doesn't have the [?] button, look for a Help button or press F1.
|Getting Help for a SAS Product|
To access help information about the SAS product associated with the currently active window, click on the Help toolbar button (the book with the question mark), press the F1 function key, or select the Help menu and Using This Window. (For example, if you click on the Help toolbar button and the active window is a SAS/GRAPH window, the SAS System Help displays help information about SAS/GRAPH software.)
You can also get help for a SAS product using the HELP command in the command bar. When you use the product name as an argument to the HELP command, the SAS System Help displays the product help. For example, if you entered HELP SAS/GRAPH in the command bar, the SAS System Help will open to the SAS/GRAPH help.
|Getting Help from the Help Menu|
The Help menu is always available within your SAS session. Here are descriptions of the help topics available from the Help pull-down menu:
The SAS System is configured to launch your local web browser to view HTML files. You can invoke your web browser in a few ways:
Note that you can access web pages on the Internet (such as the SAS Institute home page) only if your workstation is connected to a network that allows such access.
Top of Page
Copyright 1999 by SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA. All rights reserved.