Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:21:38 -0700
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From: Patrick Kyba <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Text import wizard
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95% of the files that I open in SPSS (v15, soon to be v18) are tab
delimited text files with variable names at the top of the file. To
open, I use the text import wizard. I find it rather annoying that I
have to consistently correct SPSS's defaults to match my own file. For
example, I ALWAYS have to click to tell SPSS that variable labels are at
the top, I typically have to remove the space, comma and/or semicolon
delimiters and, if I didn't press "paste" to begin with, I need to tell
SPSS to paste the syntax.
My question is, is there a way to force SPSS to use certain default
values (i.e. variable labels are at the top) so that I don't have to go
through these extra clicks? Note that I can't use the "predefined
format" since I work with many different datasets that often have new
variables added, removed, or renamed.
Thanks for any help!
Senior Technical Analyst
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