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ODS Graphics: Essentials

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Tuition (USD): $1,950.00 • Classroom (3 days)
$1,950.00 • Virtual (3 days)
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GSA (USD): $1,768.26 • Classroom (3 days)
$1,768.26 • Virtual (3 days)

This course teaches you how to produce high-quality presentation graphs using ODS Graphics, which is part of Base SAS beginning with SAS 9.3.

Who Can Benefit

  • SAS users who want to generate and enhance graphs with programming syntax from ODS Graphics


  • Before attending this course, you should have completed the SAS(R) Programming I: Essentials course or have equivalent programming experience.

Course Details


  • course logistics
  • ODS Graphics
  • ODS Graphics versus SAS/GRAPH

Getting Started with ODS Graphics

  • ODS destination statements
  • ODS GRAPHICS statement
  • statistical procedures

SGPLOT Procedure

  • bar charts
  • scatter and line plots
  • additional basic plots
  • distribution plots
  • fit and confidence plots

Appearance of Plots

  • plot attributes
  • reference lines and text boxes
  • axis appearance
  • legend appearance
  • user-defined style templates
  • additional examples

SGPANEL Procedure

  • PANELBY statement
  • axis and legend appearance


  • PLOT statement
  • COMPARE statement
  • MATRIX statement

SG Annotation and Attribute Maps

  • introduction to SG annotation
  • drawing space
  • LINE and ARROW functions
  • TEXT and TEXTCONT functions
  • attribute maps

SAS Graph Template Language

  • Graph Template Language and SGRENDER procedure
  • dynamic references and macro variables

ODS Graphics Designer and Editor

  • ODS Graphics Designer
  • SGRENDER and SGDESIGN procedures
  • ODS Graphics Editor

ODS Graphics Designer

  • using the ODS Graphics Designer
  • saving and redisplaying graphs using Graph Template Language (GTL) and the SGRENDER procedure
  • saving SGD files and redisplaying graphs using the SGDESIGN procedure

Learning More

  • SAS resources
  • next steps

ODS Graphics Editor

  • creating an SGE file and opening the editor
  • modifying attributes of an existing graph
  • adding elements to a graph

Using Attribute Maps

  • creating and using attribute maps

Using ODS Graphics with SAS Enterprise Guide

  • creating plots using Base SAS and statistical procedures
  • creating graphs using ODS Graphics procedures
  • general considerations for creating graphics using SAS Enterprise Guide
  • using the ODS Graphics Designer and ODS Graphics Editor
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