Using JMP > JMP Preferences > Preferences for Data Tables
Publication date: 05/24/2021

Preferences for Data Tables

Table preferences customize JMP data tables, including formula handling, appearance, and compatibility with SAS data sets.

Figure 13.6 Tables Preferences 

Tables Preferences

Table 13.6 Preferences on the Tables Page

Preference

Description

Evaluate OnOpen Scripts

If you save a script to a data table and name it OnOpen or On Open, JMP can automatically run the script whenever you open the data table. On Open scripts that execute other programs are never run.

Prompt is selected by default. Your choice is remembered each time you open the data table in the current JMP session.

Always

Allows On Open scripts to run without prompting.

Never

Prevents On Open scripts from automatically running when a data table is opened.

Prompt to save when closing summary tables

Prompts you to save an unsaved linked summary table when you close it. Note that, when you select this option in the Summary window, it is selected in the Tables preferences. If you do not want to be prompted to save all linked summary tables in the future, deselect the preference. This option is deselected by default.

Allow short numeric data format

JMP has the ability to store numeric data in as few as 8 bits (one byte). This option makes short-integer formats available to you when you select Cols > Column Info and assign a column a data type. When you use the correct short-integer format for your data, the numbers are not displayed differently, but the data table uses less disk space. See The Short-Integer Format.

Print Data Grid as is

Select this option to print the JMP data table as it appears on the screen.

Clear this option to resize column widths to accommodate the content width. This option is deselected by default.

Preserve SAS variable names when exporting to SAS

Select this option to use variable names that are compliant with SAS when you export a JMP data table to a SAS data set. This option is deselected by default.

Preserve SAS formats when exporting to SAS

Select this option to use formats that are compliant with SAS when you export a JMP data table to a SAS data set. This option is selected by default.

Show Alternate Column Name

Select this option to show the name-label pair of the column. A column has name-label pair if the two column properties are defined and the Column Name equals one of the two properties.

JMP recognizes the following name-label pairs:

SAS name-label pair, where the properties are “SAS Name” and “SAS Label”

SPSS name-label pair, where the properties are “SPSS Name” and “SPSS Label”

Short-long name-label pair, where the properties are “Short Name” and “Long Name”

If the option is selected, then both the name and label appear in the dialog.

Use Thousands Separator

Select this option to display numbers using the locale-appropriate thousands separator. This option is deselected by default.

Show Search Box on Columns Panel

Shows a search box on the Columns panel above the column names. This option is selected by default.

Default Field Width

Changes the number of digits that appear in numeric columns. The default setting is 12.

Use Numerical Ordering

Specifies that text containing numbers be sorted in numerical order. This option is selected by default.

Numeric keypad Enter key moves down

(Windows only) When a data table cell is selected and you press Enter on the keyboard, the next table cell down is selected. Pressing either Tab or Enter on the numeric keypad located to the right of the keyboard selects the next table cell to the right.

Select this option to change the behavior of the Enter key on the numeric keypad to select the next table cell down instead of to the right. This option is deselected by default.

Suppress Formula Eval on Open

Select this option to prevent columns formulas from being evaluated when you open data tables.

Deselect this option to allow formulas to be evaluated when you open data tables. This option is deselected by default.

This option is not recommended because typically you want to know whether a formula evaluates.

Formula Evaluation

Specifies when formulas are evaluated.

When Idle

Evaluates the formula when JMP is not performing actions. A progress bar does not appear. This option is selected by default.

Immediate

Evaluates the formula immediately and shows a progress bar.

ODBC Hide Connection String

Select this option to have the Open Database command hide the ODBC connection settings (that is, user ID and password). See Database Access in the Scripting Guide for additional information. This option is deselected by default.

Warn when referenced table name has changed

Shows a warning when a virtually linked (referenced) table name has changed. This option is selected by default.

Virtual Join Auto Open Linked Table

Automatically opens a virtually joined data table. A link to the data table is in the JMP Home window. This option is deselected by default.

Virtual Join Use Linked Column Name

Specifies that the linked column name be used in virtually joined columns that are shown in the Columns list. This option lets you specify a shorter column name (for example, Cheese instead of Cheese[Choice]). This option is deselected by default.

Header Summary Graphs

Show summary graphs below column names

Shows a summary graph (a distribution) in the column header. Applies when the number of rows is below a threshold such as 3 million rows. This option is deselected by default.

Show missing data bars or bins in summary graphs

Specifies whether missing data bars or bins initially appear in summary graphs. To show missing value bars in an individual graph, right-click the graph and select Missing values bars. Missing value bars are not shown by default.

Summary Graph Colors

Specifies the color of the fill and the highlight (the color that appears when you select a bar), including by data type.

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