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OPTIONS statement

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The OPTIONS statement sets one or more system options in SAS.


OPTIONS options list ;
The options list is a list of option keywords separated by spaces and possibly the value to assign to an option. Many system options just have binary states either being option or nooption. Some system options can be assigned a value using an expression like option = value.


The OPTIONS statement can only set the value of a system option. If you want to know the setting of a system option before changing it then you need to use the OPTIONS procedure.

Not all system options can be modified using the OPTIONS statement. Some system options are able to be restricted by the system administrator, so they cannot be changed. Other system options can only be set when SAS is started.