Microsoft DOS dosshell command

Updated: 05/21/2018 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 dos session you're in, type exit.

Additional information

  • Additional information about shells can be found on our shell definition page.