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Chapter 16. Understanding Batch Files > Understanding the Contents of Batch Fil...

Understanding the Contents of Batch Files

Batch files consist entirely of ASCII text characters. You can create batch files in the DOS Editor, in Edlin, and in nearly any other text-editing or word processing program. (If you use a word processing program, you must use a setting that omits the special formatting and control characters that many such programs use for internal purposes.)

The easiest way to create a short batch file, however, is to use the COPY command to redirect input from the keyboard (the CON device) to a file (see Chapter 8, “Managing Your Files,” for more information).


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