ISPF daily use commands a quick guide

ISPF is Interactive System Productivity Facility…

LOGON….this is followed by your user-id..takes you to password panel. Just give password and enter. It show ISPF menu screens.

LOGOFF– In the ISPF menu…just type ‘X’….it brings you out of ISPF menu. Then, you will see READY prompt..There type LOGOFF. You will be logged out of Zos. See online here with best examples.

The keyboard Layout– The IBM keyboard connected to your terminal is 122 keys keyboard. It has 24 function keys F1-F24, number, pad, navigation keys, special function keys, Reset keys, Attention keys etc.

Function keys -F1-F12 are called primary keys and the function keys F13-F24 are called alternative keys.

The PFSHOW command…

The PFSHOW ON command displays the functions assigned to all function keys.. This command is useful for new user.

The KEYS command…

This command displays the current definitions for the function keys and also allows you to change the definition.

The RESET key..

It is useful to reset the screen.


When your program in a loop, or if you want to stop any processing, press the attention key. PA1. Read more on keys.

Primary editing commands

SAVE – To save a dataset member/Resume editing

FIND – To find a specified string

CHANGE – To find a specified spring and replace it by some other String

SUBMIT – To submit edit data as a job stream for background execution

END – To save dataset/Exit

CANCEL – To abandon any changes done to the dataset member and exit

RESET – To reset edit disply

NUMBER – To set number mode on or off

RENUM – To set number mode on and renumber the data

UNNUM – To set number mode off and blank out sequence number

LOCATE – To display a particular line in the data

PROFILE – To display the edit profile

RECOVERY – To set recovery mode on or off

UNDO – To undo he changes made after the previous SAVE

NULLS- To set insert mode on or off


Author: Srini

Experienced software developer. Skills in Development, Coding, Testing and Debugging. Good Data analytic skills (Data Warehousing and BI). Also skills in Mainframe.