ISPF/PDF basics

During this course participants learn:

  • to work on-line in an MVS/TSO environment and to explore the standard ISPF/PDF environment;
  • to use the basic possibilities of the editor efficiently;
  • the different terminal manipulations (commands, function keys,...);
  • the basic utilities for manipulating data sets and members;
  • the importance of batch jobs, and how to check the output.


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 contact ABIS.

Intended for

Every future ISPF/PDF user: programmers, analysts, job schedulers, system programmers and end users.


No specific background is required. Fill in the following test ( PDF file - 23 KB) to determine whether you can skip this course and go straight on to our course ISPF/PDF: efficient use.

Main topics

  • Mainframe and MVS operating system
  • Overview of ISPF:

logon and logoff, call up ISPF/PDF, screen types, menu structure, action bar, help function, ISPF data set names

  • ISPF settings and PF keys
  • Finding/locating data sets and members:

member selection, scrolling, find, locate

  • View/Edit:

main commands: save, cancel, find, change, undo

line commands: copy, move, delete, repeat, insert

columns: indentation, bounds, cols

treatment of members: copy, move, create, replace, cut, paste

edit profile: caps, recovery

  • Basic data set utilities

allocation, move/copy, library utilities, dataset list

  • Batch jobs and use of the spool:

submit of Job Control Language (JCL), display of the spool with SDSF (Spool Display and Search Facility)

Training method

This is mainly a practical course. After a short theoretical introduction, a lot of time is spent on practical exercises.

The course is also organised as self-study course.


1 day.

Course leader

an ABIS instructor.

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