Starts MS-DOS Editor, which creates and changes ASCII text files. Used without parameters, edit starts MS-DOS Editor.


edit [[Drive:][Path] FileName] [/b] [/g] [/h] [/nohi]


[Drive:][Path] FileName : Specifies the location and name of an ASCII text file. If the file does not exist, MS-DOS Editor creates it. If the file exists, MS-DOS Editor opens it and displays its contents on the screen.

/b : Displays MS-DOS Editor in black and white. Use this command-line option if a monochrome monitor does not display MS-DOS Editor correctly.

/g : Uses the fastest screen updating possible for a CGA monitor.

/h : Displays the maximum number of lines possible for the current monitor.

/nohi : Enables you to use eight-color monitors with MS-DOS Editor. Typically, Windows XP uses 16 colors.

/?: Displays help at the command prompt.


  • Windows XP does not use this command. It is accepted only for compatibility with MS-DOS files.

  • Some monitors might not support the display of shortcut keys by default. If your monitor does not display shortcut keys, use /b (for CGA monitors) and /nohi (for systems that do not support bold characters).

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