Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Displays the contents of a text file. Use the type command to view a text file without modifying it.


type [Drive:][Path] FileName

[Drive:][Path] FileName
Specifies the location and name of the file or files that you want to view. Separate multiple file names with spaces.

Displays help at the command prompt.

  • If you are using an NTFS drive and FileName contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (that is, "File Name").

  • If you display a binary file or a file created by a program, you may see strange characters on the screen, including formfeed characters and escape-sequence symbols. These characters represent control codes 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 one screen at a time, type:

type holiday.mar | more

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Format Meaning


Information that the user must supply


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

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Code or program output

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