Commen frequently Used DOS Commands

Ram Pothuraju
CHDIR – Displays the name of or changes the current directory.

CHKDSK – Checks a disk and displays a status report.

CLS – Clears the screen.

COMP – Compares two groups of files to find information that does not match.

COPY – Copies and appends files.

DATE – Displays and/or sets the system date.

DEFRAG – Optimizes disk performance by reorganizing the files on the disk.

DEL – Deletes files from disk.

DELTREE – Deletes a directory including all files and subdirectories that are in it.

DIR – Displays directory of files and directories stored on disk.

DISKCOMP – Compares the contents of two diskettes.

ECHO – Displays messages or turns on or off the display of commands in a batch file.

EDIT – Starts the MS-DOS editor, a text editor used to create and edit ASCII text files.

EXIT – Exits a secondary command processor.

EXPAND – Expands a compressed file.

FASTHELP – Displays a list of DOS commands with a brief explanation of each.

FIND – Finds and reports the location of a specific string of text characters in one or more files.

FOR – Performs repeated execution of commands (for both batch processing and interactive processing).

FORMAT – Formats a disk to accept DOS files.

GRAPHICS – Provides a way to print contents of a graphics screen display.

IF – Allows for conditional operations in batch processing.

LABEL – Creates or changes or deletes a volume label for a disk.

MEM – Displays amount of installed and available memory, including extended, expanded, and upper memory.

MKDIR – Creates a new subdirectory.

MORE – Sends output to console, one screen at a time.

MOVE – Moves one or more files to the location you specify. Can also be used to rename directories.

PATH – Sets or displays directories that will be searched for programs not in the current directory.

RENAME – Changes the filename under which a file is stored.

RMDIR – Removes a subdirectory.

SORT – Sorts input and sends it to the screen or to a file.

XCOPY – Copies directories, subdirectories, and files.

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