File information

A data file contains much more than raw data. It also contains any variable definition information, including:

  • Variable names
  • Variable formats
  • Descriptive variable and value labels

This information is stored in the dictionary portion of the data file. The Data Editor provides one way to view the variable definition information. You can also display complete dictionary information for the active dataset or any other data file.

To Display Data File Information

  1. From the menus in the Data Editor window choose:

    File > Display Data File Information

  2. For the currently open data file, choose Working File.
  3. For other data files, choose External File, and then select the data file.

The data file information is displayed in the Viewer.