SAS Formats under Windows

A SAS format is an instruction or template that SAS uses to write data values. Most SAS formats are described completely in SAS Formats and Informats: Reference. The formats that are described here have behavior that is specific to Windows.
Many of the SAS formats that have details specific to the Windows operating environment are used to write binary data. In using these formats, it is important that you understand the concepts that are presented in Writing Binary Data .
If you have formats that you created for use in earlier releases of SAS, see Accessing User-Written Formats from Releases Earlier Than SAS 9.4 for information about how to convert those formats for use with SAS 9.4.