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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Print
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 1, 2021

F15 to search backwards, vs. F16 to search forwards

I can search/find forward in a spool file, for example, but it would be nice to be able to search/find backward as well.

I see F14=Find options, F16=Find; looks like F15=Find prev would fit nicely on spool files and physical file searches

Use Case:

Searching for something in a spool file of a joblog, for example. There might be many repetitions of it.
Pressing <F16=Find> many times and...shucks! I phit F16 one too many times and went right past it. If I could search backwards, I'd go right back to it. Instead, I have to guess how many lines I might have gone past it, then search forward again.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Mar 4, 2022

    I hate to spoil the party, but everything requested in this RFE can be accomplished by using the ACS Printer output function. Simply right click a spoolfile, select View Only, and then you can search back and forth and case sensitive or not.

    I like the idea of this, but since there are limited resources . . . .

  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2022

    .IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Dec 16, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    We can see that this would have broad appeal and would be a very nice to have.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Dec 12, 2021

    This is a great idea and one that is long overdue.

    Cheers Brad
    Steve Bradshaw
    IBM Champion, Member of CEAC, TD of
    and by day a Friendly Techie Bloke at

  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2021

    Many of us who work on the IBM i would also appreciate the ability to search backwards.

  • Guest
    Nov 17, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Print
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Nov 5, 2021

    While you are at it, please provide case insensitive search of spooled files. We have been living with this frustration since System/38 days (1978).