For APA format descriptives tables, avoid DESCRIPTIVES. Instead, use MEANS and transpose the resulting tables. This tutorial guides you through.
SPSS MEANS produces tables containing means and/or other statistics for different groups of cases. These groups are defined by one or more categorical variables. If assumptions are met, MEANS can be followed up by an ANOVA.
SPSS CORRELATIONS creates tables with Pearson correlations, sample sizes and significance levels.
Its syntax can be as simple as correlations q1 to q5. which creates a correlation matrix for variables q1 through q5. This simple tutorial quickly walks you through some other options as well.