# Help

Provides online information about system commands (that is, non-network commands). Used without parameters, help lists and briefly describes every system command.

### Syntax

{help [command]|[command]/?}

### Parameters

command   : Specifies the name of the command about which you want information.

### Remarks

• There are two ways to get online Help for a command. You can type help command, or you can type command /?. /? is slightly faster.

• For information about network commands, click net help in Related Topics.

### Examples

To see information about the xcopy command, type either of the following:

help xcopy
xcopy /?

### Formatting legend

Format

Meaning

Italic

Information that the user must supply

Bold

Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

Courier font

Code or program output

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