Navigating in source files

The JCL Editor provides various ways to navigate to and from variable declarations, even when a variable is declared in a different file.


  • To jump to the location of the next or previous language element, use the Go To > Next Element (Ctrl+Shift+Down) and Go To > Previous Element (Ctrl+Shift+Up) actions.
  • To navigate in a JCL program from a PROC parameter value of an EXEC statement, a data set name, or a qualified data set member name, do one of the following actions:
    • Right-click the language element, and select Open Declaration from the menu.
    • Position the text cursor on language element and press the F3 key.
    • Hover the cursor over the language element, hold down the Ctrl key, and click.
    If the declaration is in the same file as the reference, the editor navigates to the declaration in the same editor. If the declaration is in a collapsed region, the region is expanded. If the reference is in another file and the location of the file can be determined, the source file is opened in a new instance of the editor.
  • To open the Outline or Properties view for the file that is open in the editor, select Show In > Outline or Show In > Properties.
  • To navigate the annotations in the editor, use the Next Annotation (Ctrl+.) and Previous Annotation (Ctrl+,) actions. The types of annotations visited by these actions can be configured on the Annotations page. To access this preference, click General > Editors > Text Editor > Annotations or use the menu on the toolbar.
  • To jump to the editor location of your most recent text change, do one of the following actions:
    • Click Navigate > Last Edit Location.
    • Press Ctrl+Q.
  • To navigate to a specific line number, select Go to Line and type the line number in the window that opens.
  • When you use another view, such as the Outline view, a navigation history entry is created. To jump to the previous editor locations visited by these navigation commands, use the Back (Alt+Left) and Forward (Alt+Right) actions. You can also use the left arrow (left arrow) icon to go back to a previous location and the right arrow (right arrow) icon to move forward. These icons are in the menu bar.