Appendix A. 52 Indispensable Command Line Tricks and Techniques

This appendix contains 52 helpful hints that you can use to work at the command line more efficiently and successfully. There's one tip for each week of the year. As you continue working at the command line, build batch files and scripts, and discover new commands and utilities that Microsoft has hidden there, you'll discover just how much of a resource the command line can be. Now that I've shared my tips with you, I'd love to hear about any tips you might have. Write me at to share them with me.

  1. Always test new scripts and batch files using a test machine. Verify that the script or batch file works as anticipated before you test it on production machines. Even after ...

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