APPEND Allows programs to open data files in specified directories as if they were in the current directory. ATTRIB Displays or changes file attributes. BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking. CD Displays the name of or changes the current directory. CHCP Displays or sets the active code page number. (@) CHDIR Displays the name of or changes the current directory. (obsolete command, see CD) CHKDSK Checks a disk and displays a status report. CHOICE Prompts the user to make a choice in a batch program. CLS Clears the screen. COMMAND Starts a new instance of the MS-DOS command interpreter. COMP Compares the contents of two files or sets of files. (@) COPY Copies one or more files to another location. CTTY Changes the terminal device used to control your system. (@) DATE Displays or sets the date. DBLSPACE Creates and manages drives compressed by using DoubleSpace. (@) DEBUG Starts Debug, a program testing and editing tool. DEFRAG Reorganizes the files on a disk to optimize the disk. (@) DEL Deletes one or more files. DELOLDOS Deletes the OLD_DOS.1 directory and the files it contains. (@) DELTREE Deletes a directory and all the files and subdirectories in it. DIR Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory. DISKCOMP Compares the contents of two floppy disks. (@) DISKCOPY Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another. DOSKEY Edits command lines, recalls MS-DOS commands, and creates macros. DOSSHELL Starts MS-DOS Shell. DRVSPACE Creates and manages drives compressed by using DriveSpace. (@) ECHO Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off. EDIT Starts MS-DOS Editor, which creates and changes ASCII files. EMM386 Enables or disables EMM386 expanded memory support. (@) ERASE Deletes one or more files. (obsolete command, see DEL) (@) EXIT Quits the COMMAND.COM program (command interpreter). EXPAND Decompresses one or more compressed files. (@) FASTHELP Provides summary Help information for MS-DOS commands. (@) FASTOPEN Decreases the amount of time needed to open frequently used files and directories. (@) FC Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the differences between them. (@) FDISK Configures a hard disk for use with MS-DOS. FIND Searches for a text string in a file or files. FOR Runs a specified command for each file in a set of files. FORMAT Formats a disk for use with MS-DOS. GRAPHICS Loads a program that can print graphics. (@) HELP Provides complete, interactive Help information for MS-DOS commands. (@) INTERLNK Connects two computers via parallel or serial ports. (@) INTERSVR Starts the Interlnk server. (@) KEYB Configures a keyboard for a specific language. (@) LABEL Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk. LH Loads a program into the upper memory area. (@) LOADFIX Loads a program above the first 64K of memory, and runs the program. (@) LOADHIGH Loads a program into the upper memory area. (@) MD Creates a directory. MEM Displays the amount of used and free memory in your system. MEMMAKER Starts the Memmaker program, which optimizes your computer's memory. (@) MKDIR Creates a directory. (obsolete command, see MD) MODE Configures a system device. MORE Displays output one screen at a time. MOVE Moves one or more files. Also renames files and directories. MSAV Scans your computer for known viruses. (@) MSBACKUP Backs up or restores one or more files from one disk to another. (@) MSD Provides detailed technical information about your computer. (@) NLSFUNC Loads country-specific information. PATH Displays or sets a search path for executable files. PAUSE Suspends processing of a batch file and displays a message. POWER Turns power management on and off. PRINT Prints a text file while you are using other MS-DOS commands. PROMPT Changes the MS-DOS command prompt. QBASIC Starts the MS-DOS QBasic programming environment. (@) RD Removes a directory. REN Renames a file or files. RENAME Renames a file or files. (obsolete command, see REN) REPLACE Replaces files. (@) RESTORE Restores files that were backed up by using the BACKUP command. (@) RMDIR Removes a directory. (obsolete command, see RD) SCANDISK Checks a drive for errors and repairs any problems it finds. SET Displays, sets, or removes MS-DOS environment variables. SETVER Sets the version number that MS-DOS reports to a program. SHARE Installs file-sharing and locking capabilities on your hard disk. SORT Sorts input. SUBST Associates a path with a drive letter. SYS Copies MS-DOS system files and command interpreter to a disk you specify. TIME Displays or sets the system time. TREE Graphically displays the directory structure of a drive or path. (@) TYPE Displays the contents of a text file. UNDELETE Restores files previously deleted with the DEL command. (@) UNFORMAT Restores a disk erased by the FORMAT command. (@) VER Displays the MS-DOS version. VERIFY Directs MS-DOS to verify that your files are written correctly to a disk. (@) VOL Displays a disk volume label and serial number. VSAFE Continuously monitors your computer for viruses. (@) XCOPY Copies files (except hidden and system files) and directory trees.
(@) Not available in Windows 95 DOS
This list was generated using the FASTHELP command available in DOS 6.22 and diverting the output to a file istead of the screen.
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