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The default installation of SAS (on my computer) points me to directory C:\Documents and Settings\my_userid for opening .sas files from the editor, every time I open SAS. But, if you are like many people, and work for a company that wants you to store your .sas program files on a server, this is annoying and time consuming to navigate to the server each and every time you open SAS and want to start using one of your programs. Solution: use the SASINITIALFOLDER option in your CONFIG file. Example:

-SASINITIALFOLDER "\\myserver\myshare"

Upon startup, SAS now defaults to opening programs from whatever folder you just specified.

Further, if you work on several projects, you could have a different CONFIG file, each with its own SASINITIALFOLDER option, for each project, and this will always point you to the directory where your .sas programs for that project are stored.


Submitted by Paige Miller. Contact me at my Discussion Page.