In the Windows Command shell, type is a built in command which displays the contents of a text file. Use the type command to view a text file without modifying it.
In PowerShell, type is a built-in alias to the Get-Content cmdlet which also displays the contents of a file, but with a different syntax.
For examples of how to use this command within the Windows Command shell (Cmd.exe), see Examples.
|[<Drive>:][<Path>]<FileName>||Specifies the location and name of the file or files that you want to view. Separate multiple file names with spaces.|
|/?||Displays help at the command prompt.|
- If FileName contains spaces, enclose it in quotation marks (for example, "File Name Containing Spaces.txt").
- If you display a binary file or a file that is created by a program, you may see strange characters on the screen, including formfeed characters and escape-sequence symbols. These characters represent control codes that are used in the binary file. In general, avoid using the type command to display binary files.
To display the contents of a file named Holiday.mar, type:
To display the contents of a lengthy file named Holiday.mar one screen at a time, type:
type holiday.mar | more