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Part II: Alphabetical Reference > The Command Prompt

Chapter 6. The Command Prompt

The point and click g raphical user interface (GUI) revolutionized the way we use computers, eliminating the need to remember cryptic commands and type them at an unfriendly prompt. However, as users become more advanced, they often rediscover the older command prompt interface and learn to appreciate how quickly and efficiently certain tasks can still be performed.

Microsoft certainly hasn't forgotten Windows' roots in the command prompt, either, as it is still an integral part of Windows XP. As explained in the beginning of Chapter 4, many of the programs that come with Windows don't have corresponding shortcuts in the Start menu, and therefore must be started with some form of the command prompt. Other applications, such as Notepad or Windows Explorer, have command-line parameters , special options that can be specified only if the program is started from the command prompt. And then there are programs, such as Telnet, that are still entirely command-line based.


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