How to create a simple script file in winXP.
May 15 , 2011
Here we describe how to create a simple script file in winXP, that is, we are creating a file that will run commands at the command line prompt of winXP.
First we just create a file that will become the script. This can be done in various ways, or simply open a file manager to create a new file. The file manager in winXP is called windows explorer. This can be found via the taskbar button:
Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Windows Explorer
From there we can navigate to the directory of choice to create the script files. For this example let us make the test directory:
Once there, we can right click in the directory and create a text file with an extension of bat, like the following:
Right-click on this file to open it in a text editor of choice, like notepad, or we like Editpad.
Once inside the editor add some test commands like echo:
Save the file, and open a dos box (the command line prompt). This can found via the desktop start button:
Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Command Prompt
Then navigate to the directory that holds the test script file, by typing in at the command line:
(Don't type the ">" character)
The dir command should list the contents of the current directory, and within that list we should see the file that we just created:
Finally, to test the script file we just run it at the command line by typing the name of the script file at the command line:
This should produce the following at the command line:
> echo OFF
A list of other commands, besides echo, can be found in many locations on the net.
line continuation, add this at the end of line to continue: ^