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Part: V Appendixes > DOS Shell Keystroke Commands

DOS Shell Keystroke Commands

DOS 6.0 assigns special functions to some keys when you use them in the DOS Shell:

Enter Executes a command or operation.
Esc Cancels a command or operation; exits Help.
F1 Displays context-sensitive Help.
F3 or Alt+F4 Exits the DOS Shell.
Shift+F5 Repaints the screen.
Shift+F9 Goes to the DOS command prompt. You can type EXIT to return to the DOS Shell.
F10 or Alt Accesses the menu bar.
Up arrow Scrolls up one line.
Down arrow Scrolls down one line.
PgUp Scrolls up one screen.
PgDn Scrolls down one screen.
Letter key Moves to (finds) the next line in a list that begins with the letter entered.
Home Moves to the beginning of a line or list.
End Moves to the end of a line or list.
Ctrl+Home Moves to the beginning of a list.
Ctrl+End Moves to the end of a list.
Tab Moves to the next area or window.
Shift+Tab Moves to the previous area or window.
F5 Updates (refreshes) the directory tree and file list.
Ctrl+F5 Updates the file list for the current directory.
Ctrl+drive Selects the specified disk drive and displays its directories and files.
F7 Moves the selected files.
F8 Copies the selected files.
F9 Views the contents of the selected file. You can use F9 to toggle between an ASCII view and a hexadecimal view of the file.
Del Deletes the selected files.
Spacebar Selects the current file (Add mode).
Shift+up arrow Selects the previous file.
Shift+down arrow Selects the next file.
Shift+PgUp Selects the previous screen of files.
Shift+PgDn Selects the next screen of files.
Shift+spacebar Selects all files from the previously selected file to the cursor (Add mode).
Ctrl+/ Selects all files in the list.
Ctrl+\ Deselects all files in the list.
Shift+F8 Toggles Add mode on and off.
Minus (–) Collapses (hides) the current branch of the directory tree.
Plus (+) Expands (displays) the current branch of the directory tree one level.
Asterisk (*) Expands (displays) the current branch of the directory tree completely.
Ctrl+* Expands (displays) all directories in the tree.



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