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Using Commands

There are hundreds of commands you can use at the DOS prompt and if you have questions about any of them, you should 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; some commands, however, will not work in this version of Windows 95 DOS.

Before I tell you about specific commands, 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 to list a directory of all documents with a DOC extension found in all subdirectories of the current directory, or folder.


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