DIR: Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.


... The examples for the command "DIR"
... "DIR" Excerpt from Microsoft Windows Help
... Important information, tips for the "DIR" command

The command: "DIR" is on Windows 11, 10, .. available

The examples for the command "DIR"

The `DIR` command in Windows Command Prompt is used to display information about files and directories. Here are some examples with comments: Example 1: Show contents of current directory:

YOU

Description: This command displays the contents of the current directory, including files and subdirectories. Example 2: Show contents of a specific directory:

DIR C:\Path\Destination directory

Description: The contents of the directory "C:\Path\Target directory" are displayed here. Example 3: Show content with details:

YOU /A /W

Description: This command displays the contents of the current directory, including details such as file size and modification date. `/A` also shows hidden files, and `/W` shows the information in a wider column view. Example 4: Display content with subdirectories (recursively):

YOU /S

Description: Here the contents of the current directory including all subdirectories are displayed recursively. Example 5: Show only file names, no details:

YOU /B

Description: This command only displays the file names in the current directory, without details such as size and date. Useful in scripts or if you're just interested in the filenames. Example 6: Show content sorted by date:

YOU /OD

Description: The contents of the current directory are displayed here, sorted by date. Example 7: Show only directories:

YOU /AD

Description: This command only displays the directories in the current directory, not the files. Example 8: Save content to a text file:

DIR > directory list.txt

Description: This command saves the contents of the current directory to a text file named "directorylist.txt". Example 9: Show help:

YOU /?

Description: This command displays help and information about the available options for the `DIR` command. The `DIR` command provides a variety of options to customize the content displayed. You can access the help using `DIR /?` for more details. Note that some options, such as `/S` or `/A`, can significantly affect the output.

"DIR" Excerpt from Microsoft Windows Help

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19045.3693]
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Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.

DIR [drive:][path][filename] [/A[[:]attributes]] [/B] [/C] [/D] [/L] [/N]
  [/O[[:]sortorder]] [/P] [/Q] [/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               -  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.
  /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

Switches may be preset in the DIRCMD environment variable.  Override
preset switches by prefixing any switch with - (hyphen)--for example, /-W.

Important information, tips for the "DIR" command

There are a few important points to note when using the `DIR` command in the Windows Command Prompt: 1. Wildcards: You can use wildcards ( and ?) to display files or directories in a specific pattern. For example, `DIR .txt` displays all text files in the current directory.

    DIR *.txt
    
2. Directory structure: If you use `/S`, the command will display the contents of all subdirectories recursively.

    YOU /S
    
3. Show hidden files: You can use `/A` to show hidden files. `/A:H` only shows hidden files.

    YOU /A:H
    
4. Show Details: `/W` displays files and directories in a wider column view, while `/O` changes the sort order. For example, `DIR /O:D` shows the files sorted by date.

    YOU /W
    YOU /O:D
    
5. Show filenames only: `/B` displays only the filenames, without any additional information.

    YOU /B
    
6. File Attributes: `/A` can also be used to select files based on attributes (e.g., `/A:-R` only displays files that are not read-only).

    DIR /A:-R
    
7. Redirect output to a file: You can redirect the output of `DIR` to a file for storage or further processing.

    DIR > directory list.txt
    
8. Show Help: `DIR /?` displays help and information about the available options for the `DIR` command. Note that the `DIR` command allows viewing files and directories in a directory. If you want to perform more specific operations such as copying, deleting, or moving, you could use additional commands such as `COPY`, `DEL`, or `MOVE`.


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