ISPF/PDF: efficient use

During this course particpants learn:

  • to use ISPF/PDF efficiently, as well as navigating between different screens and using the correct options;
  • to manage the ISPF environment in practice;
  • the extensive possibilities of the editor;
  • to make use of the basic-utilities and commands.


No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested? Please let us know.

Intended for

Each participant who is going to use ISPF/PDF: programmers, analysts, job schedulers, system programmers and users.


Some general knowledge on the ISPF editor is necessary (see course ISPF/PDF basics). You can test yourself to see if you have enough background by filling out the online selftest.

Main topics

  • Overview of TSO and ISPF:

logon procedure • TSO and ISPF dataset naming

  • ISPF user customization:

definition and utilisation of the PF keys and labels • log and list dataset • key lists • navigation possibilities

  • Edit advanced topics:

concatenation of libraries • defined find commands: picture strings, use of labels • use of exclude commands • text entry, text split and text flow • recursive edition • tabulations • sort • edit profile: line numbers, autosave, recovery, masks... • highlighting • compare

  • Utilities for dataset manipulation:

allocate, library utility, dataset list, compare and search-for utility

  • Some frequently used TSO and ISPF commands:


Training method

This is a mainly practical course: most of the time is spent on practical exercises.


1 day.

Course leader

an ABIS instructor.