TSO/ISPF - Changing Your Edit Profile
An Edit Profile is a set of characteristics that defines the way you
can edit a data set. For example, a profile can be set up to edit data
that is all in capital letters, or to edit data that is in mixed-case letters.
ISPF generates a default edit profile based on the library type of the
data set you are editing. Usually, the default profile is suitable for
the kind of data you want to put in the data set. However, sometimes it
is not. To look at the edit profile for this data set, at the Command
===> prompt, type:
and press enter. The default edit profile appears on the five lines
above the data set member:
As you can see above, in the white print, there are several areas in
which you can change the mode. The ones you may be interested are:
This should almost always be ON. If not, you cannot UNDO
a change or delete.
NUMBER DISPLAY/ON/OFF STD
Sequence numbers keep track of the number and sequence
of the lines of data in a data set. NUMBER ON STD is good for PL/I programs.
However, when creating panels, messages, CLists, REXX Execs, or skeletons
for your ISPF dialogs, the set sequence numbering needs to be OFF before
you begin to enter data. To eliminate the sequence numbers, type:
Command ===> unnum
on the command line and press ENTER. You will see the
NUMBER option change to NUMBER OFF in the edit profile, and the numbers
will have disappeared.
With CAPS ON, you may enter data any way (all lowercase,
mixed case, all uppercase), but when you press
ENTER, or save the data by pressing the PF3 key, all entered characters
are changed to UPPERCASE. With CAPS OFF, the data enter will be in the
case you entered it, when you press ENTER.Please note: JCL requires
all UPPERCASE, so if you are writing JCL "CAPS ON" is good to use.
This feature has to be ON in order to set your tabs.
If you don't want to use TABS, you can turn them off. However, TABS ON
are very useful when coding COBOL programs or code that needs to be in
AUTOSAVE ON is always good to use when you are first
creating a file. It is not necessarily good to have ON when you are re-entering
and editing a pre-existing file. The usage of this feature is up to the
This can be set to LOCK your profile for a specific file.
To change the file's profile thereafter, you will need to type PROFILE
HILITE OFF/ON FIND
In searching for a word or phrase, and HILITE is set
to ON, when the word or phrase is found, it will be highlighted.
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