Showing Long and Short Filenames - Added 1/8/00
DOS Command History - Added 12/21/99
Changing a File's Date and Time Stamp - Added 12/21/99
Removing the Microsoft Copyright from a DOS Prompt - Added
Setting the Number of Lines in a DOS Window - Submitted
Starting DOS Fast - Submitted 6/7/98
Using Long Filenames in a DOS Box - Updated 4/12/98
Expanding Full Path or File Name - Submitted 8/30/97
Adding DOSKEY to your DOS Window - Added 4/6/97
Showing DOS Error Codes - Added 4/6/97
Changing Directories in DOS - Added 1/26/97
Entering Long Paths in a DOS Window - Added 1/26/97
Having DOS Programs Prompt for Input - Added 1/26/97
Verbose Directory Listing - Submitted 10/24/96
Easy way to open up DOS prompt in a specific directory - Added
Showing Long and Short Filenames
There are two additional switches that can be used when doing a
1. /B - Shows only the long filename, no details
2. /Z - Shows the short filename, with details
3. /B /Z - Shows only short filename, with no details
DOS Command History
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
To recall previous commands, use the up arrow key.
A complete list of previous commands can be shown if you
press the F7 key
To use one, press F9 and the number of the command you
want to use
To clear the cache, press Alt+F7
Changing a File's Date and Time Stamp
You can change the Date and Time stamp of a file to the current
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
1. Create a shortcut for the MS-DOS Prompt
2. Right click on it
3. Select Properties
4. Click on the Program tab
5. In the Batch file:, line enter mode con: lines=xx (where xx
is the number of lines you want displayed)
6. Valid numbers for xx are 25 or 43
Submitted by John Karwoski
Starting DOS Fast
Want to start DOS fast outside of the START button? Drag it to
Want to start it even FASTER without the mouse?
1. Change the shortcut properties of the DOS icon to
something unique, like Ctrl-Alt-Z.
2. Then to start DOS from within Win95/98?/NT just enter C-
A-Z and poof! it's there.
3. If you toggle away, and hit the shortcut sequence again,
you'll get the "old" DOS box, not a new one.
Submitted by Carra Bussa
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 files
works as well as
CD "\program files"
Submitted by Patrick Knoll
You 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"
Submitted by Simon Story
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.
1. Close all Command Prompts
2. Start the Registry Editor
4. If not present, add Key: CompletionChar
5. If you like to use TAB-Key for expand: set value
You can test it:
1. Open up a DOS window
2. Type: CD (followed by TAB)
3. The first available directory will appear
4. Press TAB again, the next one will appear
5. The same can be done with the DIR command
Submitted by Uwe Beierlein
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:
Right click on your DOS shortcut
Click on the Program tab
Add DOSKEY > NUL to the Batch File field
You can also add /INSERT if you prefer
Showing DOS Error Codes
If you want to see what error codes are being generated by DOS
start your DOS session with the addition of a /Z parameter to the
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
1. Open up the Explorer
2. Go to the folder you want
3. Drag it to the DOS window
4. The path will be inserted into the window
This can come is useful with the long path names and all the ~'s
you would normally need to type.
If you need to change directories, type in the CD before you drag
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:
1. Open a DOS box
2. Go to the directory that you want to get specific info about,
or if you just want to see memory info go to any directory
(I use the root).
3. Type DIR /V
4. The /v argument stands for "verbose".
5. All sorts of good information comes up.
Submitted by Brian Cohen
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:
1. Open up Explorer and highlight the directory you want to
2. Select Run / Command from the Start Menu
3. Your DOS prompt will now be in the directory you
highlighted in Explorer