Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A parameter may refer to any of the following:

parameter definition1. With a URL a parameter is anything after the question mark (?). A URL with multiple parameters are separated by an ampersand (&). Full details about a URL and parameters can be found on our URL page.

2. Sometimes abbreviated as parm, with a command, a parameter refers to an unknown data value capable of being set through a command by the user. For example, the command FDISK /CMBR <DISK> requires that the user specify the "DISK" parameter. In this example, a parameter allows you to chose what disk drive you want to use when recreating the master boot record.

Tip: In the above example /CMBR is a command switch and should not be confused with a parameter. Command switches often begin with either a forward slash ( / ) or a dash ( - ) depending on the command line.

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