Lets the user choose one of multiple options by pressing a single key, and sets the error level as per the chosen option. Absent in Windows 2000 and Windows XP, it was reintroduced in Windows Vista, and has remained in Windows 7 and 8.
choice /m "Do you agree"
Presents the user with a yes/no question, setting the error level to 1 for yes and to 2 for no. If the user presses
Control + C, the error level is 0.
choice /c rgb /m "Which color do you prefer"
Presents the user with a question, and indicates the letters for the user. Responds to user pressing r, g or b, setting the error level to 1, 2 or 3.
An alternative is
set /p; see SET.
$ choice /? CHOICE [/C choices] [/N] [/CS] [/T timeout /D choice] [/M text] Description: This tool allows users to select one item from a list of choices and returns the index of the selected choice. Parameter List: /C choices Specifies the list of choices to be created. Default list is "YN". /N Hides the list of choices in the prompt. The message before the prompt is displayed and the choices are still enabled. /CS Enables case-sensitive choices to be selected. By default, the utility is case-insensitive. /T timeout The number of seconds to pause before a default choice is made. Acceptable values are from 0 to 9999. If 0 is specified, there will be no pause and the default choice is selected. /D choice Specifies the default choice after nnnn seconds. Character must be in the set of choices specified by /C option and must also specify nnnn with /T. /M text Specifies the message to be displayed before the prompt. If not specified, the utility displays only a prompt. /? Displays this help message. NOTE: The ERRORLEVEL environment variable is set to the index of the key that was selected from the set of choices. The first choice listed returns a value of 1, the second a value of 2, and so on. If the user presses a key that is not a valid choice, the tool sounds a warning beep. If tool detects an error condition, it returns an ERRORLEVEL value of 255. If the user presses CTRL+BREAK or CTRL+C, the tool returns an ERRORLEVEL value of 0. When you use ERRORLEVEL parameters in a batch program, list them in decreasing order. Examples: CHOICE /? CHOICE /C YNC /M "Press Y for Yes, N for No or C for Cancel." CHOICE /T 10 /C ync /CS /D y CHOICE /C ab /M "Select a for option 1 and b for option 2." CHOICE /C ab /N /M "Select a for option 1 and b for option 2."
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