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6. Command Prompt

Chapter 6. Command Prompt

The premise of the command prompt is simple enough: commands are typed, one at a time, at a blinking cursor, and the commands are issued when the Enter key is pressed. After a command has completed, a new prompt is shown, allowing additional commands to be typed.

To open a command prompt window, go to Start Programs Accessories Command Prompt, or go to Start Run and launch cmd.exe.

Some commands are fairly rudimentary, requiring only that you type their name. Other commands are more involved, and can require several options (sometimes called arguments or command-line parameters). For example, the del command (discussed later in this chapter) is used to delete one or more files; it requires that the name of the file be specified after the command, like this:


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