MS-DOS and Windows command line help command
The help command is used to access the information and help file from an MS-DOS prompt or the Windows command line.
Quick reference tip
For quick reference help with MS-DOS commands in any of the versions of MS-DOS or Windows, you can also use the -help or /? after a command. For example, running either of the following two commands gives you additional information about the dir command.
Help is an external command and is available for the following Microsoft operating systems. With MS-DOS 5.x, help.exe was used as the external file. MS-DOS 6.x uses help.com as the external file. Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, and later versions of Windows use help.exe as the external file.
- MS-DOS 5.0 and above
- Windows 95
- Windows 98
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and later syntax
|command||Displays help information on that command.|
Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP Recovery Console syntax
|command||Displays help information on that Recovery Console command.|
If command is not specified, all the commands supported by the Recovery Console are listed. The command parameter is used to see the help for a specific command.
Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME syntax
HELP [/B] [/G] [/H] [/NOHI] [topic]
|/B||Allows use of a monochrome monitor with a color graphics card.|
|/G||Provides the fastest update of a CGA screen.|
|/H||Displays the maximum number of lines possible for your hardware.|
|/NOHI||Allows the use of a monitor without high-intensity support.|
|[topic]||Specifies the help topic to view.|
Displays the available commands that help is capable of showing help information. Typing help <command>, where <command> is the command you want help for, is the same as typing command /?.
Displays the help information for the dir command.
- See our help definition for further information and related links on this term.