ISPF Mainframe Certification Commands

EDITING A DATA SET – If you do not know the Data Set Name:

  1. Obtain a list of data sets using screen 3.4
  2. Tab to the left of the desired data set, type e for edit and press Return.
  3. This will bring the data set up in a full-screen editor.

If you know the Data set Name:

Choose Option Number 2, “edit” from the Primary Option menu, and Tab to the Data Set Name field.
If Level 1 of the data set name contains your userid, simply type in the data set name you assigned (Levels 2 and 3). If you specified a “Level 1” other than your userid,type ‘Level1.Level2. Level3’, enclosing the entire data set name in single quotes.


Option ‘0’ on the ISPF Primary Option menu allows you to specify various parameters for ISPF. You can use these options to change the settings on your terminal or to change your PF Keys.

At first, you will probably be content to let things stay the way they are, but you may want to change things later on. There is one easy setting that you should change, however, because it will make your life a lot easier when it comes to exiting from ISPF.

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