Microsoft DOS more command

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

About more

More shows information one page at a time.


The more command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems as

All Versions of MS-DOS
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

More syntax

Windows XP and 2000 syntax

MORE [/E [/C] [/P] [/S] [/Tn] [+n]] < [drive:][path]filename command-name | MORE [/E [/C] [/P] [/S] [/Tn] [+n]]
MORE /E [/C] [/P] [/S] [/Tn] [+n] [files]

[drive:][path]filename Specifies a file to display one screen at a time.
command-name Specifies a command whose output to show.
/E Enable extended features
/C Clear screen before displaying page
/P Expand FormFeed characters
/S Squeeze multiple blank lines into a single line
/Tn Expand tabs to n spaces (default 8)

Switches can be present in the MORE environment variable.

+n Start displaying the first file at line n
files List of files to show. Files in the list are separated by blanks.

If extended features are enabled, the below commands are accepted at the -- More -- prompt:

P n Display next n lines
S n Skip next n lines
F Display next file
Q Quit
= Show line number
? Show help line
<space> Display next page
<ret> Display next line

Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP recovery console syntax

Displays a text file to the screen.

more [filename]

Windows 95, 98, and ME syntax

Displays output one screen at a time.

MORE [drive:][path]filename
MORE < [drive:][path]filename
command-name | MORE [drive:][path][filename]

[drive:][path]filename Specifies file(s) to display one screen at a time
command-name Specifies a command whose output will is shown.

More examples

dir | more

Allows you to view the directory listing one page at a time, if applicable. This would be the same as doing dir /p.

more myfile.txt

Would display the contents of a page one page at a time. Pressing space would go to the next page and pressing enter would go down one line at a time.

Additional information

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