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A Short Discussion of DOS
DOS Characters and Symbols

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When one uses DOS, a number of characters or symbols
are encountered. These are used for various operations, as
short names, wildcards, or designators, and for other purposes.
This article will briefly discuss 43 of the most common ones.


    Not all aspects or uses will be addressed. Some included here are used by DOS in other ways, but for the most part, these ways, along with other characters not shown here, are behind the scenes or are seldom employed by most DOS users. As such, they will not be part of this article.

    Be aware that not everything here may apply to your version or manufacturer of DOS. In particular, many symbols discussed here were not employed as described until 1990s versions of DOS. Conversely, some uses here have fallen by the wayside in newer DOSes.

    Symbol names will be capitalised for the purposes of this article.


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The CHARACTERS and SYMBOLS




As mentioned at the start, there are additional uses for the
preceding characters, plus there are additional symbols not
discussed here. If you feel there are some that should have
been included, feel free to send an e-mail with your
suggestions and the reasons for inclusion.




Learning to use these symbols will add to your
DOS tool kit. They will give you more power at
the command line and within batch files and macros.



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