Microsoft DOS goto command

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About goto
Availability
Syntax
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About goto

Moves a batch file to a specific label or location, enabling a user to rerun a batch file or skip other lines depending on user inputs or events.

Availability

The goto command is an internal command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

MS-DOS 3.00 and above
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

Syntax

Directs Windows to a labeled line in a batch program.

GOTO label

   label        Specifies a text string used in the batch program as a label.

You type a label on a line by itself, beginning with a colon.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP additional syntax

If Command Extensions are enabled GOTO changes as follows:

GOTO command now accepts a target label of :EOF that transfers control to the end of the current batch script file. This is an easy way to exit a batch script file without defining a label. Type CALL /? for a description of extensions to the CALL command that make this feature useful.

Examples

In the example below, the batch file would only print "DONE", skipping anything that is between the GOTO and the GOTO target label.

GOTO END
ECHO SKIPPING THIS
:END
ECHO DONE

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