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Naming a variable with embedded blanks in SAS

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I have a variable that I would like to  rename to output to Excel with embedded blanks.  Is there a way to do this?

ie    "Prov_Num "   to  "Provider Number"
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Variables with embedded blanks and other weird characters are allowed in sas by using the N suffix after the variable name in quotes.

For example to rename   Prov_Num   to  "Provider Number"  in SAS dataset  temp.results  you could run a job similar to this

data results(rename=(Prov_Num = 'Provider Number'n Cust_Num='Customer Number'n));
    set results;
run;

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However when you create the variable in your previous work, you could have done exactly what you previously did, except everywhere you defined and used Prov_Num you now specify 'Provider Number'n

Ian
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Hi there morinia,

In addition to the above, I must caution you strongly that ms excel is an excellent piece of software to help you make mistakes.  This warning is over and above the warning that excel has a host of errors, some documented by ms and others ignored by ms.

Ian
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