What do you want to do? 
SPSS Computing Steps 
Data Manipulation 

Sorting Cases 
DataSort Cases select one or more sorting variables 
Selecting Cases 
DataSelect CasesSelect Cases:If specify the criteria for selecting cases do not indlude an equal sign 
Splitting File 
DataSplit File

Merging Files  Adding Cases 
DataMerge FilesAdd cases

Merging FilesAdding Variables 
DataMerge FileAdd Variables

Data Transformations 

Compute Variables 
TransformCompute

Recoding Variables 
TransformRecodeInto Different Variable

Missing Values 
Double click variable name

Bivariate Procedures 

Independent Samples TTest use this method to compare means of one continuous variable across independent groups, the samples are independent. Example: males and females in the employment file can be divided into independent groups by teh variable gender. The ttest can determine if the mean current salaries of the males and females are the same.  AnalyzeCompare MeansIndependent TTest Test variable = the variable whose means you are comparing (ex. salary) Grouping variable = the groups you are comparing (ex.gender) Define groups = indicate the values you are comparing for the grouping variables (1 = male 2 = female) 
One Sample TTest to test whether a mean equals a predetermined value. Example: you can test whether the average salary in this company differs from a national average.  AnalyzeCompare MeansOneSample TTest Test variable = the variable whose means you are testing (ex. salary) Test value = the value you are comparing to (ex. national average) 
ChiSquare determines a relationship between two categorical variables (example to test whether gender and job category are related)  AnalyzeDescriptive StatisticsCrosstabs row (ex. gender) column (ex. job category) Statistics  chisquare box needs to be checked 
ANOVA used to test for the differences in means among two or more groups simultaneously, if p<0.05 conclude that at least one population mean differs from the others. We cannot tell at this point which mean is different.  AnalyzeCompare MeansOneway ANOVA

Describing a Population 

Frequencies 
AnalyzeDescriptive StatisticsFrequencies 
Descriptives (Mean, Variance, etc) only for continuous variables  AnalyzeDescriptive StatisticsDescriptives 
Graphs: Bar Chart (Usually for categorical data) Simple Line Histogram (shows distribution of values by dividing the range into equallyspaced intervals and plotting the count of cases in each interval as a bar) Scatterplot (highlights the relationship between two variables) Pie Chart (displays info. in a circular format) 
Graphschoose type you want (ex. simple) GraphsInteractive

Regression Analysis 

Linear Regression ascertain the probable relationship between two continuous variables, predict or estimate the value of one variable corresponding to a given value of another variable 
AnalyzeRegressionLinear... Dependent (ex. current salary) Independent (ex. education level) Method: indicate teh method you want the variable to enter/remove 