Command identifiers and table subtypes

Command identifiers

Command identifiers are available for all statistical and charting procedures and any other commands that produce blocks of output with their own identifiable heading in the outline pane of the Viewer. These identifiers are usually (but not always) the same or similar to the procedure names on the menus and dialog box titles, which are usually (but not always) similar to the underlying command names. For example, the command identifier for the Frequencies procedure is "Frequencies," and the underlying command name is also the same.

There are, however, some cases where the procedure name and the command identifier and/or the command name are not all that similar. For example, all of the procedures on the Nonparametric Tests submenu (from the Analyze menu) use the same underlying command, and the command identifier is the same as the underlying command name: Npar Tests.

Table subtypes

Table subtypes are the different types of pivot tables that can be produced. Some subtypes are produced by only one command; other subtypes can be produced by multiple commands (although the tables may not look similar). Although table subtype names are generally descriptive, there can be many names to choose from (particularly if you have selected a large number of commands); also, two subtypes may have very similar names.

To find command identifiers and table subtypes

When in doubt, you can find command identifiers and table subtype names in the Viewer window:

  1. Run the procedure to generate some output in the Viewer.
  2. Right-click the item in the outline pane of the Viewer.
  3. Choose Copy OMS Command Identifier or Copy OMS Table Subtype.
  4. Paste the copied command identifier or table subtype name into any text editor (such as a Syntax Editor window).