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Chapter 6. The Command Console > Get help for a command

6.1. Get help for a command

Many applications support at least some command-line switches or parameters that determine how the application starts or functions. This is true for Windows applications as well as console commands. For example, Microsoft Word supports several switches, one of which is /m, which prevents Word from executing autoexec macros at startup. An example of a console command that supports several switches is xcopy .

Knowing the syntax and available switches and parameters for a command is essential to using it effectively. Unlike Windows applications that typically offer extensive online help through the Windows Help application, console commands typically embed information about the command and its options within the command executable. You can view syntax and parameter or switch information about nearly any console command.


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