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by Super User
on ‎04-01-2015 02:40 PM

I'm not sure what you mean. You can open up any SAS program in any text editor and edit to your hearts content. I think that NotePad++ has SAS syntax highlight as well, through a third party add-in.

by SAS Super FREQ
on ‎04-01-2015 03:19 PM

We are considering adding the ability to open SAS programs referenced in an EG project into an external editor (from within EG; and more generally, to open any externally referenced file in an EG project into the OS-registered default application).  For example, it might be something as simple as having an "Open in External Application" menu item on the context menu for each externally referenced item.  Would that meet your needs or were you thinking of something more?

by Occasional Contributor Trey
on ‎04-01-2015 03:41 PM

Yes this would meet my needs.

by SAS Super FREQ
‎04-17-2017 12:11 PM - edited ‎04-17-2017 12:18 PM

We added this capability in EG 7.12.  You can now "Open <externalFile> with Windows Default", which will open it with the Windows associated application...

 

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Also, with the "notification of external file changes" feature added in EG 7.11, if you change and save the program file outside of EG, EG will now notify you that it was modified and prompt you whether to reload it (if open).

 

The combination of these two features should make it much easier to work with an alternative/preferred editor for writing your SAS code, then return to EG for submitting and organizing.

 

Note: This works with externally referenced files (ex. .sas files).  It does not facilitate editing embedded SAS programs with external editors. 

 

You can see more details about the enhancements in this paper:

Increasing Your Productivity with New Features in SAS® Enterprise Guide®

IMPROVED HANDLING OF EXTERNALLY REFERENCED FILES (bottom of page 7)

NOTIFICATION OF EXTERNAL FILE CHANGES (bottom of page 5)

 

Casey

by SAS Employee Casey_SAS
on ‎04-17-2017 12:32 PM
Status changed to: Implemented
 
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