SPSS Procedures to Calculate the Sample Mean, Standard Deviation, Minimum, Maximum and Range
Version 17
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Frequencies
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Descriptives
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Explore
 Analyze > Tables > Custom Tables
For further explanation see Section 2 of Introduction to SPSS 17
SPSS Procedures to Calculate the Sample Median
Version 17
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Frequencies
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Explore
 Analyze > Tables > Custom Tables
For further explanation see Section 2 of Introduction to SPSS 17
SPSS Procedures to Calculate the Sample Quartiles and Interquartile Range
Version 17
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Frequencies  calculates quartiles (by SPSS method) but not the interquartile range
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Explore  calculates quartiles and interquartile range amongst its default descriptives option, and also Tukey's hinges if you tick the percentiles option
 Analyze > Tables > Custom Tables  calculates percentiles 25 and 75 (by the method of Tukey's hinges) but not interquartile range.
For further explanation see Section 2 of Introduction to SPSS 17
SPSS Procedures to Calculate the Sample Quantiles or Percentiles
Version 17
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Frequencies  calculates any number of percentiles at any specified percentage
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Explore  limited to percentiles 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, 90, 95 (has trouble calculating the last two in small data sets)
 Analyze > Tables > Custom Tables  limited to 5, 25, 50(the median), 75, 95, 99 (no calculation problems in small data sets, although method is unclear)
For further explanation see Section 2 of Introduction to SPSS 17
SPSS Procedures to Draw Boxplots
Version 17
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Explore  the quickest way by far to draw boxplots for many variables at a time
 Graphs > Legacy Dialogs > Boxplot  an involved process which necessitates correct choice of alternatives at the outset
 Graphs > Legacy Dialogs > Interactive > Boxplot  quickest method for a single plot with the added option of 3D effect
 Graphs > Chart Builder > Boxplot  presumably this is the future of SPSS graphing so you should become familiar with it. Drawing boxplots is relatively straightforward.
For further explanation see Section 6 of Introduction to SPSS 17
SPSS Procedures to Draw Histograms
Version 17
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Frequencies  frequency histograms for many variables at a time
 Analyze > Descriptive Statistics > Explore  frequency histograms for many variables at a time, possibly split according to a categorizing variable
 Graphs > Legacy Dialogs > Histogram  simplest single plot method, but can't draw a relative frequency histogram
 Graphs > Legacy Dialogs > Interactive > Histogram  can do relative frequency, 3D effect and true 3D (two variable) histograms (just don't mess with the start point)
 Graphs > Chart Builder > Histogram  appears more complicated than it need be. Default options are acceptable and most are better edited once the plot is drawn (except the choice of relative frequency, which must be done beforehand).
For further explanation see Section 6 of Introduction to SPSS 17
Note: SPSS will choose the bins automatically to its own taste, as well as the scales on the vertical and horizontal axes. If you don't like SPSS's choices, then double click the histogram in the output window to open the Chart Editor. Double click what you want to alter and a dialogue box will appear. E.g. Double click on the x axis to change its scale, labelling or choice of bins.
