Built-in commands

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These commands are all built in to the command interpreter itself, and cannot be changed. Sometimes this is because they require access to internal command interpreter data structures, or modify properties of the command interpreter process itself.

Command Description
ASSOC Associates an extension with a file type (FTYPE).
BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.
CALL Calls one batch program from another.
CD, CHDIR Displays or sets the current directory.
CHCP Displays or sets the active code page number.
CLS Clears the screen.
COLOR Sets the console foreground and background colors.
COPY Copies files.
DATE Displays and sets the system date.
DEL, ERASE Deletes one or more files.
DIR Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.
ECHO Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off.
ELSE Performs conditional processing in batch programs when "IF" is not true.
ENDLOCAL Ends localization of environment changes in a batch file.
EXIT Quits the CMD.EXE program (command interpreter).
FOR Runs a specified command for each file in a set of files.
FTYPE Sets the file type command.
IF Performs conditional processing in batch programs.
MD, MKDIR Creates a directory.
MOVE Moves a file to a new location
PATH Sets or modifies the PATH environment
PAUSE Causes the command session to pause for user input.
POPD Changes to the drive and directory popped from the directory stack
PROMPT Sets or modifies the string displayed when waiting for input.
PUSHD Pushes the current directory onto the stack, and changes to the new directory.
RD / RMDIR Removes the directory.
REM A comment command. Unlike double-colon (::), the command can be executed.
REN / RENAME Renames a file or directory
SET Sets or displays shell environment variables
SETLOCAL Creates a child-environment for the batch file.
SHIFT Moves the batch parameters forward.
START Starts a program with various options.
TIME Displays or sets the system clock
TITLE Changes the window title
TYPE Prints the content of a file to the console.
VER Shows the command processor, operating system versions.
VERIFY Verifies that file copy has been done correctly.
VOL Shows the label of the current volume.

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