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Launch a website, in browser, from SAS program code

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Launch a website, in browser, from SAS program code

Is there a way in base SAS to launch a browser on my computer and open to a web address? For example, is there a line of code that I could insert into a program to open Internet Explorer and go immediately to www.sec.gov? Almost like bookmarking a webpage with information relevant to my analysis directly in my program.

I have base SAS and I run it locally on my PC.

Thanks.

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‎04-25-2018 09:16 PM
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@tadams11 wrote:
Is there a way in base SAS to launch a browser on my computer and open to a web address? For example, is there a line of code that I could insert into a program to open Internet Explorer and go immediately to www.sec.gov? Almost like bookmarking a webpage with information relevant to my analysis directly in my program.

I have base SAS and I run it locally on my PC.

Thanks.

If you have X command enabled this is relatively trivial. You need to have the location of your browser but otherwise it would look like:

 

X ""C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" www.sec.com";

I can't test it now because I'm at home, but that's the idea anyways.  It's usually the quote marks that trip me up somehow. 

If X doesn't work, you can try %SYSEXEC or CALL SYSTEM as well. 

 

You can enable XCMD if you need it with the following, though its possible that your system may have it locked down:

 

option xcmd;

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‎04-25-2018 09:16 PM
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Re: Launch a website, in browser, from SAS program code


@tadams11 wrote:
Is there a way in base SAS to launch a browser on my computer and open to a web address? For example, is there a line of code that I could insert into a program to open Internet Explorer and go immediately to www.sec.gov? Almost like bookmarking a webpage with information relevant to my analysis directly in my program.

I have base SAS and I run it locally on my PC.

Thanks.

If you have X command enabled this is relatively trivial. You need to have the location of your browser but otherwise it would look like:

 

X ""C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" www.sec.com";

I can't test it now because I'm at home, but that's the idea anyways.  It's usually the quote marks that trip me up somehow. 

If X doesn't work, you can try %SYSEXEC or CALL SYSTEM as well. 

 

You can enable XCMD if you need it with the following, though its possible that your system may have it locked down:

 

option xcmd;
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Re: Launch a website, in browser, from SAS program code

Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for!

By the way, it’s one set of quotes and the noxsync and noxwait options make the launch of my bookmark work seamlessly with SAS.

Thanks again, really appreciate it.
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