[ ON | OFF ]



The desired Hide status


The HIDE command will turn on HIDE Mode. Excluded lines are normally collapsed to an "excluded-line placeholder" line indicating how many lines are represented. In HIDE mode, the excluded-line placeholder is removed from the display. The data lines themselves are still present in the edit file.

Unlike ISPF, HIDE does not accept the HIDE X form, because only excluded lines can be hidden. HIDE or HIDE ON are equivalent to ISPF's HIDE X.

To indicate the presence of these hidden excluded lines, the line number field of the preceding line will be Underlined. Other than this, there is no visible indication that HIDE Mode is in effect. In particular, there is no status-line indicator for HIDE Mode.

For this display to work properly, the fixed-width font you choose for editing must be capable of underlining text in a readable way. Most fonts have this property.

Just as with non-hidden excluded lines, line movement commands spanning these lines will include them in the requested action. Likewise, when line commands use the line-number form (like C34 instead of a CC/CC pair) then the hidden/excluded line counts as one.

Note that FIND, CHANGE and similar commands cannot be performed in line-by-line mode through the "interior" of a hidden excluded range. If you need to use such commands on hidden data, you must either unhide it with a HIDE OFF command, or else you must use the ALL option on FIND, CHANGE and similar commands.

See Working with Excluded Lines for more information.

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