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SeekYourWay
Calcite | Level 5

Hi there,

I'm new to SAS macro.

What is the correct way to run a SAS macro?

Do I first of all run the macro definition first?(highlight from %MACRO all the way to %MEND), then I go to the main program to call it?

OR

just call from the main program?

below is the code: (this is after an Excel file importation). Attached file is the Enterprise Guide file.

Thank you

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Tom
Super User Tom
Super User

Your code looks fine other than that the data step is missing a RUN; statement to tell SAS that you are done typing the code.

Add a run statement after the last of the macro calls.

SeekYourWay
Calcite | Level 5

thanks. I'm moving on

ballardw
Super User

The macro defnition does need to be "compiled" before use. This is typically done by executing the definition code. However if a macro is not changing and is used frequently you may want to investigate a macro AUTOCALL LIBRARY. This is basically a folder or directory that SAS will look iin if you attempt to execute an unknown macro call to find a macro by that name an then compile as needed.

SeekYourWay
Calcite | Level 5

thanks. I'm moving on. Will look into the autocall sometimes.

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