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Chapter 7. Advanced File Management Tech... > Managing Files from an MS-DOS Prompt

Managing Files from an MS-DOS Prompt

You can do certain things from an MS-DOS prompt that you can't do any other way, and for some people an MS-DOS session is the most efficient way to work. By using the DIR command and MS-DOS wildcards, for example, you can quickly display a filtered list of files within a given folder and redirect the output to a text file. In addition, the MS-DOS prompt offers the only way to use wildcards to quickly rename a group of files and is the fastest way to change the extension (and thus the file type) of some types of documents without having to adjust Windows Explorer preferences.

Tip

To see command-line switches for DIR and other MS-DOS commands, type the particular command followed by /? at the MS-DOS prompt. If the instructions scroll off the top of the screen before you can read them, add | MORE to the end of the command.



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