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Is the DIR command a thing of the past?

I was recently playing around in DOS and started fooling around with the DIR switches. Using the command prompt is still a great way to perform file management tasks. Witht the DIR command, you can list short and long filenames with plenty of details. One switch I find helpful is the /B switch; it lists long filenames and no details. You can also combine switches as needed. You can access the switch menu by typing the following:

dir /?

The output is the following:

DIR [drive:][path][filename] [/A[[:]attributes]] [/B] [/C] [/D] [/L] [/N]

  [/O[[:]sortorder]] [/P] [/Q] [/R] [/S] [/T[[:]timefield]] [/W] [/X] [/4]

  [drive:][path][filename]

              Specifies drive, directory, and/or files to list.

  /A          Displays files with specified attributes.

  attributes   D  Directories                R  Read-only files

               H  Hidden files               A  Files ready for archiving

               S  System files               I  Not content indexed files

               L  Reparse Points             -  Prefix meaning not

  /B          Uses bare format (no heading information or summary).

  /C          Display the thousand separator in file sizes.  This is the

              default.  Use /-C to disable display of separator.

  /D          Same as wide but files are list sorted by column.

  /L          Uses lowercase.

  /N          New long list format where filenames are on the far right.

  /O          List by files in sorted order.

  sortorder    N  By name (alphabetic)       S  By size (smallest first)

               E  By extension (alphabetic)  D  By date/time (oldest first)

               G  Group directories first    -  Prefix to reverse order

  /P          Pauses after each screenful of information.

  /Q          Display the owner of the file.

  /R          Display alternate data streams of the file.

  /S          Displays files in specified directory and all subdirectories.

  /T          Controls which time field displayed or used for sorting

  timefield   C  Creation

              A  Last Access

              W  Last Written

  /W          Uses wide list format.

  /X          This displays the short names generated for non-8dot3 file

              names.  The format is that of /N with the short name inserted

              before the long name. If no short name is present, blanks are

              displayed in its place.

  /4          Displays four-digit years

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