A VIEW is a VIEW. What error do you get? Have you traced the program?
From the manual: 'The position of the cursor shows the starting or ending location for the SEEK, FIND, CHANGE, and EXCLUDE commands'.
Are you sure that the text you search for is in the dataset?
Can we se the entire edit macro or at least the relevant parts? And part of the VIEWed file ?
You have to ensure the cursor is on a data line. When a data set is opened for browse/view/edit the cursor is initially on the command line unless you have used an IMACRO to place the cursor elswhere. If the IMACRO is to find or change and the find string is not found then the cursor will be on the command line which is not a data line.