May 3, 2010

"dir" Command

The DIR command allows you to see the available files in the current and/or parent directories. The DIR command is an internal command and is available in All versions of MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Syntax: Displays a list of files and sub-directories in a directory.

DIR [drive:][path][filename][switches]

  • [drive:][path][filename] - Specifies drive, directory, and/or files to list.
  • Attributes - D: Directories, R: Read-only files, H: Hidden files A: Files ready for archiving, S: System files.
  • /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. N: By name (alphabetic), S: By size (smallest first), E: By extension (alphabetic), D: By date/time (oldest first), G: Group directories first.
  • /P - Pauses after each screenful of information. 
  • /Q - Display the owner 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
  • dir - Lists all files and directories in the directory that you are currently in.
  • dir *.exe - The above command lists any executable file or any file that ends with .exe.
  • dir /ad - List only the directories in the current directory. If you need to move into one of the directories listed use the cd command.
  • dir /s - Lists the files in the directory that you are in and all sub directories after that directory, if you are at root "C:\>" and type this command this will list to you every file and directory on the C: drive of the computer.
  • dir /p - If the directory has a lot of files and you cannot read all the files as they scroll by, you can use this command and it will display all files one page at a time.
  • dir /w - If you don't need the info on the date / time and other information on the files, you can use this command to list just the files and directories going horizontally, taking as little as space needed.
  • dir /s /w /p - This would list all the files and directories in the current directory and the sub directories after that, in wide format and one page at a time.
  • dir /on - List the files in alphabetical order by the names of the files.
  • dir /o-n - List the files in reverse alphabetical order by the names of the files.
  • dir \ /s |find "i" |more - A nice command to list all directories on the hard drive, one screen page at a time, and see the number of files in each directory and the amount of space each occupies.
  • dir > myfile.txt - Takes the output of dir and re-routes it to the file myfile.txt instead of outputting it to the screen.