Creating a DOS Prompt to the Root of the C:\ Drive
To open a Command window at a simple C:\ prompt:
Create a Windows shortcut using the following syntax:
Target: %SystemRoot%\system32\cmd.exe /k "cd\"
Showing Long and Short Filenames
There are two additional switches that can be used when doing a DIR
If you use DOSKEY in either your AUTOEXEC.BAT file or as part of the properties of your DOS Window,
you can show and recall the history of commands you enter and the DOS prompt.
You can change the Date and Time stamp of a file to the current setting.
COPY filename /B + ,, /Y
Removing the Microsoft Copyright from a DOS Prompt
By default, when you open a DOS window, the Microsoft Copyright notice shows.
To disable it, add the /K switch in the Program tab
For example: C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM /k
Setting the Number of Lines in a DOS Window
To set the number of lines displayed when you open up a DOS window:
Starting DOS Fast
Want to start DOS fast outside of the START button? Drag it to your desktop.
Want to start it even FASTER without the mouse?
Long Filenames in a DOS Box
More long filenames in DOS paths...
You don't need the close double quote when entering long folder names in DOS.
CD "\program filesYou can use long file names in a MS DOS Box.
All you have to do is pu the long file name in quotes.
Example: cd "program files"
Expanding Full Path or File Name
NT 4.0 Only
Expand full path/file name with defined char using Command Prompt in Win NT 4.0
You can expand the full name of a file or directory using a character of your choice.
Adding DOSKEY to your DOS Window
One way to have DOSKEY available when you open a DOS window would be to have it in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
This takes away conventional memory, even when you don't have a DOS window open.
To only use DOSKEY when you open a DOS window:
If you want to see what error codes are being generated by DOS programs,
start your DOS session with the addition of a /Z parameter to the COMMAND.COM program.
Changing Directories in DOS
Normally, you can move up one directory level by typing CD ..
The DOS with Windows95 allows you to continue moving up beyond the first directory by simply adding more periods
For example, to move up two levels, type CD ...
Entering Long Paths in a DOS Window
If you have to enter a long path and program name in a DOS window,
If you need to change directories, type in the CD before you drag the directory.
Having DOS Programs Prompt for Input
When you normally create a shortcut for a DOS program, it does not prompt you for any input and just runs the program
To change that, simply add a ? after the program name in the CMD
will start the DOS editor and prompt you for a file name to edit.
Verbose Directory Listing
To see your free memory and other useful info in detail:
Easy way to open up DOS prompt in a specific directory
With the advent of long directory names, it can be difficult to open up a DOS box and CD to the directory you want
particularly if it is several layers of long names deep.
An easy way is to: