Getting help

IBM Documentation contains a number of different sections.

The section you are currently in. Provides information about the user interface. There is a separate section for each optional module.
Reference information for the command language and the GPL graphics language. The reference material for the command language is also available in PDF form: Help > Command Syntax Reference.
Step-by-step instructions for using many of the basic features.
Case Studies
Hands-on examples for creating various types of statistical analyses and how to interpret the results.
Statistics Coach
Guides you through the process of finding the procedure that you want to use.
Integration Plug-ins
Separate sections for the Python and R plug-ins.

Context-sensitive help

In many places in the user interface, you can get context-sensitive help.

  • Help buttons in dialogs take you directly to the help topic for that dialog.
  • Right-click on terms in an activated pivot table in the Viewer and choose What's This? from the pop-up menu to display definitions of the terms.
  • In a command syntax window, position the cursor anywhere within a syntax block for a command and press F1 on the keyboard. The help for that command is displayed

Other resources

Answers to many common problems can be found at

If you're a student using a student, academic or grad pack version of any IBM® SPSS® software product, please see our special online Solutions for Education pages for students. If you're a student using a university-supplied copy of the IBM SPSS software, please contact the IBM SPSS product coordinator at your university.

The IBM SPSS Statistics community has resources for all levels of users and application developers. Download utilities, graphics examples, new statistical modules, and articles. Visit the IBM SPSS Statistics community at

Documentation in PDF format for statistical algorithms and command syntax is available at