Using SPSS and PASW/Opening a dataset

Opening an Existing SPSS Data File edit

This chapter will explain how to open new and already saved data sets. Once you have SPSS open (see Chapter 2), click "File" → "Open" → “Data”:


After clicking the Data icon, SPSS will pull up a screen called “Open Data.” Open Data will give you option to find your data set. This can be seen in the screen shot below:


Browse through your directories until you find your data set, then select it and click “Open.” Your data set should now be open:


Opening a New Data Window edit

If you'd rather enter data into a blank data file, you can create an empty SPSS data file. To do so, once you've opened the program, click "File" → "New" → "Data"


The result will be a blank or empty data file. You can enter data in the Data View (Chapter 4) and set variable characteristics in Variable View (Chapter 5).


Chapter contributed by Jennifer Gadarowski