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Old 10-07-02, 10:59 PM
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Need some DOS help

Is there a way to make the contents of a drive or folder scroll more slowly when you hit the dir command? Everything goes by at lightning speed and I need to slow it down so I can see what the filenames and folder names are. Seems like someone told me there was a way to do this a few years ago but I can't remember it now and my DOS book is MIA.
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Add a "/p" after your command. It will pause after each screen.

Most DOS commands will show their optional parameters if you type "/?" after the command.
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Thanks...I'm trying to back some stuff up in DOS to a second drive but I was having trouble finding where some of it was.

One more - is smartdrive on a Windows 9x or 2000 CD or should it be on my startup diskettes? After I back this stuff up I'm going to reload my computer and it's telling me I should enable smartdrive if I can.
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It's on Windows 9x's \Windows directory or \command (I think it's called - it's been a long time) under \Windows. You'll need to load himem.sys in config.sys before using it too.
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Okay I found it here on the wife's machine.
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Option 2 for more screen real estate usage:

You can also type: dir/w

This will use the entire screen to display the file names. It still may go by too fast if you have more than one screen's worth. In that case, X is right on the money with his suggestion.

I've used that switch many times within a directory to locate a file.

Good luck,

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or if you're really crazy

dir /w/p

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Or if want to get Unixy you can say:
dir | more

Same effect as /p.

I KNEW my DOS knowledge was going to come in handy SOME day!
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Or, you can pipe it into a text file like so: dir *.* > textfile.txt

This will capture it into a text file, and you can examine it with Notepad, or any editor, for that matter.

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Or you can get a really, really tall monitor. Or you can make your fonts really, really tiny. Or you can set your video really, really slow. Or you can...
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or you can do:
dir whatever.txt | more

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