Command Prompt for Windows




On-line Help

The WinOne® Command Prompt help file contains information on using WinOne® Command Prompt commands, batch files and other features. There are several ways to locate and display a topic of interest in the WinOne® Command Prompt help file, as described below.

The Help Button

Press the help button to display the WinOne® Command Prompt help file. This button is located on the Button Bar at the top of the WinOne® Command Prompt window.

The HELP Command

The HELP command is used to either display the WinOne® Command Prompt help file or to go directly to a topic contained in the WinOne® Command Prompt help file. The WinOne® Command Prompt help file contains key words for all features, including commands.

Context Sensitive Help Using the F1 Key

The F1 key can be pressed to display the help topic for a command that is currently being entered at the command prompt. The WinOne® Command Prompt will use the first argument (ie. the command name) for the topic to display. When there is no command line, then the Commands by Name topic in the WinOne® Command Prompt help file is displayed.

Context sensitive help is also available for the additional menu items contained in the system menu. When an item is highlighted and the F1 key is pressed, then the relevant help topic for the menu item is displayed. When a menu item does not contain a help topic, then the F1 key is simply ignored.

The /? Command Switch

When the question mark switch (ie. '/?') is the only switch specified for a WinOne® Command Prompt command, the appropriate help topic is displayed for that command. For example :-

COPY /?

Since macros can be used to set a commands default switches, then using the question mark switch may not result in the help topic being displayed, since it is a requirement that only the question mark switch be specified for a command. In this case insert a space character in front of the command to over ride the macro.

Start up Tips

Tips are a convenient way to draw attention to a particular feature that the WinOne® Command Prompt includes. The tips displayed by the WinOne® Command Prompt include important features and short cuts that will generally simplify a commonly performed task. When a tip includes a reference to a command then to obtain more information about the tip use the HELP command and specify the command as the first parameter (ie. the topic).

Help Buttons on Dialog Boxes

Features that display a Dialog Box, such as the Colour window, includes a help button. Press the help button to display the relevant help topic for the Dialog Box.