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Using Commands

There are hundreds of commands you can use at the command prompt and if you have questions about any of the commands, you can use the help feature as described in the next section. If you already know the DOS operating system, you can use many of the DOS commands you're used to. In addition, many NetWare commands work in the NT command prompt window.

Before I go into telling you about specific commands, though, let me tell you about a few things that relate to all commands. Syntax is the order in which you must type the command and any additional elements (command name, parameters, switches, and/or values) that follow it. A parameter is information that defines the object upon which you're performing a command, and a switch modifies how the command is performed. In the command dir *.doc /s, for example, dir is the command, *.doc is the parameter, and /s is the switch. This command tells Windows NT to list a directory of all documents with a .DOC extension found in all subdirectories.


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