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Command-Line Syntax Key

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: August 15, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

The following table describes the notation used to indicate command-line syntax.


Notation Description

Text without brackets or braces

Items you must type as shown

<Text inside angle brackets>

Placeholder for which you must supply a value

[Text inside square brackets]

Optional items

{Text inside braces}

Set of required items; choose one

Vertical bar (|)

Separator for mutually exclusive items; choose one

Ellipsis (…)

Items that can be repeated

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