Data value restrictions in the data editor

The defined variable type and width determine the type of value that can be entered in the cell in Data View.

  • If you type a character that is not allowed by the defined variable type, the character is not entered.
  • For string variables, characters beyond the defined width are not allowed.
  • For numeric variables, integer values that exceed the defined width can be entered, but the Data Editor displays either scientific notation or a portion of the value followed by an ellipsis (...) to indicate that the value is wider than the defined width. To display the value in the cell, change the defined width of the variable.

    Note: Changing the column width does not affect the variable width.