Statistical Graphics Using ODS


Accessing Individual Graphs

If you are writing a paper or creating a presentation, you need to access your graphs individually. There are various ways to do this, depending on the ODS destination. Three particularly useful methods are as follows:

  • If you are viewing RTF output, you can simply copy and paste your graphs from the viewer into a Microsoft Word document or a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.

  • If you are viewing HTML output, you can copy and paste your graphs from the viewer, or you can right-click the graph and save it to a file. Copying and pasting from RTF is preferable because the default resolution is higher than with HTML. See the section Specifying the Size and Resolution of Graphs for details.

  • You can save your graphs in image files and then include them into a paper or presentation. For example, you can save your graphs as PNG files and include them into a paper that you are writing with LaTeX¬†or into an HTML document.

You can specify the graphics image format and the filename in the ODS GRAPHICS statement. For example, the following statements, when submitted before a procedure step that produces multiple graphs, save the graphs in PostScript files named myname.ps, myname1.ps, and so on:

ods _all_ close;
ods latex;
ods graphics on / outputfmt=ps imagename='myname';

See the section Image File Types for details about the file types available with various destinations, how they are named, and how they are saved.

If you are using the LISTING destination and the SAS windowing environment, you can also copy from the viewer into a Microsoft Word document or a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.