How to Copy & Paste the Files in DOS


DOS, or Disk Operating System, is a software tool that allows you to access and make commands directly to a computer's hardware. DOS has a text based interface which means there are no graphical file browser or menus for you to use. You should consider learning a few basic commands , such as copying and pasting files, when working with DOS.

  • Open up the DOS command prompt. If you are using a version of Windows, you can open up the Microsoft command prompt to perform utility tasks.

  • Type \"copy\" into DOS.

  • Press the space bar to enter a space after the \"copy\" command.

  • Type the full file name (including the directory path) of the file you wish to copy.

  • Press the space bar.

  • Type in the destination directory. For example, if you want to copy the file, text.txt from the old directory into the new directory \"newDirectory\" located in drive b, your prompt would look like:

    C> copy b:\oldDirectory\test.text b:\newDirectory\

  • Press enter to execute the step.


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