In the Windows Command shell, type is a built in command which displays the contents of a text file. Use the type command to view a text file without modifying it.

In PowerShell, type is a built-in alias to the Get-Content cmdlet, which also displays the contents of a file, but using a different syntax.


type [<drive>:][<path>]<filename>


Parameter Description
[<drive>:][<path>]<filename> Specifies the location and name of the file or files that you want to view. If your <filename> contains spaces, you must enclose it in quotation marks (for example, "Filename Containing Spaces.txt"). You can also add multiple filenames by adding spaces between them.
/? Displays help at the command prompt.


  • If you display a binary file or a file that is created by a program, you may see strange characters on the screen, including formfeed characters and escape-sequence symbols. These characters represent control codes that are used in the binary file. In general, avoid using the type command to display binary files.


To display the contents of a file named holiday.mar, type:

type holiday.mar

To display the contents of a lengthy file named holiday.mar one screen at a time, type:

type holiday.mar | more