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This course discusses how to manage and control the printer output created by IBM i jobs.

The course begins by describing how to invoke IBM i displays to see the spooled files in the system. It then describes the various operations that can be performed from these displays. The course covers how to examine the contents of a spooled file, how to hold and release a spooled file, how to delete a spooled file from an output queue, how to change the attributes of a spooled file, and how to send a spooled file to another user. In addition, you will see how to examine and respond to messages sent by the printer writer, and how to receive more detailed information on the status of a spooled file.

Approximate Study Time: 60 minutes


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Display the spooled files currently in the system
  • Examine the contents of a spooled file
  • Hold, release, or delete a spooled file
  • Examine and respond to printer messages
  • Display detailed information about the status of a spooled file
  • Change the attributes of a spooled file
  • Send a spooled file to a user on another system

Topic Outline

Displaying Spooled Files

Holding, Releasing, and Deleting Spooled Files

Learning More About the Status of a Spooled File

Changing Spooled File Attributes

Sending a Spooled File to Another User


This course is intended for anyone who is responsible for monitoring and controlling job processing on an IBM i system. It should also be taken by users who control the printing of the spooled files produced by their own jobs.


This course assumes that you have a working knowledge of basic IBM i facilities. In particular, you should know how to sign on the system and display the Operational Assistant Menu. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses from the Introduction to the IBM i Environment series.

In addition, you should have an understanding of IBM i work management concepts. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the first course of this series, Work Management Concepts.