Unable to print to Serial Monitor with Serial.print

I'm a beginner and can't get the Serial.print function to work. I changed the COM port from 11 to 8 per the manual and have the Serial.begin(9600) in the setup() section. I'm trying to print text and variable values like this.

Serial.print("steps = ");
Serial.println(steps);
Serial.print("hall_0 = ");
Serial.println(hall_0);

The sketch compiles and runs as I can see from the pins I'm controlling but nothing is output. What am I missing?

It's working, thanks.

What'd you do to get it to work?