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Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.

DIR [drive:][path][filename] [/A[[:]attributes]] [/B] [/C] [/D] [/L] [/N][/O[[:]sortorder]] [/P] [/Q] [/R] [/S] [/T[[:]timefield]] [/W] [/X] [/4]

Specifies drive, directory, and/or files to list.

/A     Displays files with specified attributes.
attributes     D     Directories             R    Read-only files
                   H     Hidden files           A    Files ready for archiving
                   S     System files            I     Not content indexed files
                   L     Reparse Points       -     Prefix meaning not
/B     Uses bare format (no heading information or summary).
/C     Display the thousand separator in file sizes. This is the default. Use /-C to disable display of separator.
/D     Same as wide but files are list sorted by column.
/L     Uses lowercase.
/N     New long list format where filenames are on the far right.
/O     List by files in sorted order.
sortorder     N    By name (alphabetic)              S     By size (smallest first)
                   E     By extension (alphabetic)         D   By date/time (oldest first)
                   G    Group directories first             -      Prefix to reverse order
/P     Pauses after each screenful of information.
/Q     Display the owner of the file.
/R     Display alternate data streams of the file.
/S     Displays files in specified directory and all subdirectories.
/T     Controls which time field displayed or used for sorting
timefield     C     Creation
                  A     Last Access
                  W    Last Written
/W     Uses wide list format.
/X     This displays the short names generated for non-8dot3 file names. The format is that of /N with the short name inserted before the long name. If no short name is present, blanks are displayed in its place.
/4     Displays four-digit years

Switches may be preset in the DIRCMD environment variable. Override
preset switches by prefixing any switch with - (hyphen)--for example, /-W.


DIR /A:H - shows hidden files

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