# Using the Editor

With the Zowe Editor, you can create and edit the many types of files.

# Specifying a highlighting language

  1. Click Language on the editor menu bar. A dropdown menu will be displayed.
  2. From the dropdown, select the desired language. Plain Text will be chosen by default if the automatic language detection is not able to determine the language.

# Open a dataset

To open a dataset, follow these steps:

  1. From the File menu, select Open Datasets. You can also use (ALT+K).
  2. In the Dataset field, specify the name of the dataset you want to open.
  3. Click Open

# Deleting a file or folder

  1. In the file tree, right-click on a file or folder you want to delete.
  2. From the right-click menu, click Delete. A warning dialogue will appear.
  3. Click Delete

# Opening a directory

  1. From the File menu, select Open Directory. You can also use (ALT+O).
  2. In the Directory field, specify the name of the directory you want to open. For example: /u/zs1234
  3. Click Open

The File Explorer on the left side of the window lists the folders and files in the specified directory. Clicking on a folder expands the tree. Clicking on a file opens a tab that displays the file contents. Double-clicking on a folder will make the active directory the newly specified folder.

# Creating a new directory

  1. Right-click on a location in the directory tree where you want to create a new directory.
  2. From the right-click menu, click Create a directory....
  3. Specify a directory name in the Directory Name field.
  4. The Path will be set to the location that you initially right-clicked to open the dialogue. You can specify a different location in the Path field.
  5. Click Create

# Creating a new file

To create a new file, complete these steps:

  1. From the File menu, select New File. You can also use (ALT+N).
  2. From the File menu, select Save to save the newly created file. You can also use (Ctrl+S)
  3. In the File Name field, specify the file name for the newly created file.
  4. Choose an encoding option from the Encoding dropdown menu. The directory will be prefilled if you are creating the new file in an existing folder.
  5. Click Save
  6. To close a file, click the X icon in its tab, double-click on the tab, or use (Alt+W).

# Hotkeys

The following hotkeys can be used in the editor to navigate or perform actions with only the keyboard.

  • Shift TAB: Cycle through the menu bar, browsing type, search bar, file tree, and editor component.
    • Individual options within the menu bar and individual nodes within the file tree can be navigated with the arrow keys and ENTER (to select).
Hot Key Command
ALT+K Open a dataset
ALT+O Open a directory
ALT+N Create a new file
ALT+W Close tab
ALT+W+Shift Close all tabs
CTRL+S Save file
ALT+M Navigate Menu bar (use arrow keys)
ALT+P Search Bar focus
ALT+1 Primary editing component focus
ALT+T+CTRL Undo close/close all
ALT+R+Shift Refresh active tab
ALT+PgUp(or <) Switch to left tab
ALT+PgDown(or >) Switch to right tab
ALT+B Show/hide left-hand side file tree