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In SPSS, the results from running an analysis are stored in the Output Window. Similar to other SPSS windows, it consists of a menu bar at the top of the screen, a toolbar with shortcut icons below this, and a status bar at the bottom of the screen. The main body of the Output Window consists of two panes (Left and Right Panes). The left pane has an outline of the output. The right pane has the actual output.

For example, the Output Window will store all graphs and charts that you request. In the left pane of the output window (the index pane), a graph is indicated by the symbol ChartIco.GIF (145 bytes). Legacy Dialog graphs have the name “Graph” while the Interactive graphs have the name “Interactive graphs”. Both graphs can be edited in the Chart Editor Window.

The following two movie clips demonstrate the Output Window:

camera.gif (1166 bytes) MOVIE: Output Editing and Printing camera.gif (1166 bytes)

camera.gif (1166 bytes) MOVIE: Output Pivot Tables camera.gif (1166 bytes) 

In this on-line workshop, you will find many movie clips. Each movie clip will demonstrate some specific usage of SPSS.

The Left Pane

LeftOutput.jpg (16932 bytes)

This contains the output index table. By clicking at any listed index, the right pane will move to the corresponding result content. The index has several layers:

bullet The highest layer is the “Output”. The minus sign in front of output indicates that the output is displayed in the right pane.
bullet The next layer is the statistical procedure layer. Our example has “Crosstabs” and “Frequencies” as our procedures. Crosstabs is hidden in the right pane, as indicated by the “+”. Frequencies are shown in the right pane, as indicated by the “-”.
bullet Inside the Procedure layer are result layers. The results that we have displayed here are Frequency Tables and Pie Charts.

In the front of each index is a book-like icon. An open book icon indicates the results are shown in the right pane. Double clicking on the open-book icon, it turns into a closed-book icon. The corresponding results are then hidden in the right pane. (In this output, only the “Notes” has a closed book icon.)

The Right Pane

This contains the result of your analysis or request for graphs. You can scroll with the screen scroll bar on the right-hand side to see your results. Or you can use the Left Pane index table to locate a specific part of the results.

Right Output

To edit the output, you simply double click on the specific output that needs editing. A pivot table appears with dashed line around the text. You can make any editing inside the text table.

On the left is a pivot table for college and gender, ready to be edited. The column width has been reduced. The title is highlighted so that it can be changed to something that one may want in a printed output.

After finishing the editing, click on any place outside the pivot table to remove the table from edit mode.

Printing and Saving

PrintPre.gif (3707 bytes) To print/save the output, go to the FILE Menu, choose “print” or “save” to print or save your output. Only those items that are not hidden in your output will be printed. However, all the output will be saved.

Before printing, you may choose “Page Setup” from the FILE Menu to set up your printing format, or you may request a print preview to see how your output is going to print. (On the left is a print preview of the Math Assessment Data which is analyzed to obtain frequencies for College.)

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