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  • 1.  Syntax files will not open

    Posted Mon October 30, 2023 03:51 PM

    Hi - 

    Out of nowhere, I am having issues with syntax today. I have been using v29 on a PC since August without incident, but all of a sudden, syntax windows are not opening. If I try to open an existing syntax file, try to create a new syntax file, or paste a command, a syntax file will appear in my task bar, but the screen doesn't seem to exist anywhere. I've included a screenshot below--when I try to click on the syntax file, nothing happens.

    Any idea what might be happening? Thanks for the input.


  • 2.  RE: Syntax files will not open

    Posted Mon October 30, 2023 05:03 PM

    Hi @Rebecca P

    This is the 3rd time I've seen a user report this behavior, yet I am confounded at how they are getting themselves and their instance of SPSs Statistics into this state.

    Things to check:

    • Make sure you are in "Classic" mode and not  in "Workbook" mode. This mode is selectable in the lower right corner of the Data Editor in the status bar.
    • Make sure that you do not have an orphaned instance of Statistics running.  Reboot your PC and then launch Statistics.  Is the behavior gone?
    • Delete the user environment for Statistics under %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\IBM\SPSS Statistics.  Launch Statistics once more.  Is the behavior gone?

    David Dwyer
    SPSS Technical Support
    IBM Software

  • 3.  RE: Syntax files will not open

    Posted Tue October 31, 2023 10:05 AM

    Even more strangely, after three days of this issue and no resolution after uninstalling and reinstalling and trying all kinds of troubleshooting, the issue seemed to magically resolve yesterday afternoon...thanks for the time spent noodling on this!

    Rebecca P

  • 4.  RE: Syntax files will not open

    Posted Mon April 08, 2024 11:29 AM

    Hi SPSS-Team,
    I'm experiencing the exactly same issue since last October. Is there a fix available? The steps mentioned by David above unfortunately didn't solve the issue.
    (current version:

    Manfred Maier