Microsoft DOS dosshell command

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

About dosshell

Dosshell is an application that allows a user to use a partial GUI, so new DOS users can utilize the computer more efficiently.


The dosshell command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems. In MS-DOS 4.x and 5.x was used as the external file. In MS-DOS 6 dosshell.exe was used as the external fie.

Dosshell syntax

DOSSHELL [/T[:res[n]]] [/B]
DOSSHELL [/G[:res[n]]] [/B]

/T Starts MS-DOS Shell in text mode.
:res[n] A letter (L, M, H) and number indicating screen resolution.
/B Starts MS-DOS Shell using black-and-white color scheme.
/G Starts MS-DOS Shell in graphics mode.

Dosshell examples


This command would load the new dosshell window on top of the previous DOS session. To exit out of the MS-DOS session you're in, type exit.

Additional information

  • Additional information about shells is on our shell definition page.