Starts the MS-DOS Editor, which creates and changes ASCII text files.


edit [/b] [/h] [/r] [/s] [/<nnn>] [[<drive>:][<path>]<filename> [<filename2> [...]]


Parameter Description
[<drive>:][<path>]<filename> [<filename2> [...]] Specifies the location and name of one or more ASCII text files. If the file doens't exist, MS-DOS Editor creates it. If the file exists, MS-DOS Editor opens it and displays its contents on the screen. The filename option can contain wildcard characters (* and ?). Separate multiple file names with spaces.
/b Forces monochrome mode, so that MS-DOS Editor displays in black and white.
/h Displays the maximum number of lines possible for the current monitor.
/r Loads file(s) in read-only mode.
/s Forces the use of short filenames.
<nnn> Loads binary file(s), wrapping lines to nnn characters wide.
/? Displays help at the command prompt.


  • For additional help, open MS-DOS Editor, and then press the F1 key.

  • Some monitors don't support the display of shortcut keys by default. If your monitor doesn't display shortcut keys, use /b.


To open MS-DOS Editor, type:


To create and edit a file named newtextfile.txt in the current directory, type:

edit newtextfile.txt