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Chapter 8. Managing Your Files > Listing Files with the DIR Command

Listing Files with the DIR Command

The DIR command is one of the first commands most DOS users learn. It also is the most-used command in the DOS inventory. The command quickly gives you a list of your files, along with the date and time you created them, and the file sizes. If you type only DIR, you are using only a fraction of the command's full power. The following sections help you unlock the power of the DIR command.

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By default, many applications create files in their home directories when installed. Many of these applications have dozens of auxiliary files (overlays, printer drivers, video drivers, and so on). For this reason, it is a good idea to create one or more directories—branching off an application's home directory—where files created by the application are stored.

Many applications have settings that can specify which directory newly created files should be written in. Check the documentation for your applications to find out how to set up default directories for newly created files.



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