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Windows 7: ? How get equivalent of cmd line dir > prn ?

30 Jan 2010   #1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
? How get equivalent of cmd line dir > prn ?

Those who have never in their lives used any DOS, or the fake DOS CMD remnants embedded in Windows since Win 2000, will probably not understand why I would ever be using anything resembling a "command line."

I used the command line DIR > PRN, where PRN is the default printer device, for longer than a quarter century, for specific reasons. This yields a fairly concise listing with much information. I thought that Win XP allowed this from a (pseudo)DOS prompt; maybe I remember incorrectly, and this worked only on earlier Windows versions.

I have just figured out (stumbled onto) how to get a "command line prompt" in Win 7. Hit the Windows key, and type CMD into the search field. I can get a DIR on a given drive OK. But DIR > PRN warns me that the file, presumably PRN, cannot be found. So just since I started typing this post, I stumbled around and guessed that I could redirect the DIR to a txt file in some convenient directory. This works.

I got to a pseudo-DOS screen, by hitting the Windows key, typing CMD, then typing DIR > listing.txt (could be any filename)

The DIR listing was redirected to a new file, which I could then print by any of several means.

Anybody suggest a shorter path to getting a DOS-like DIR printout?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Microsoft has included a command line interface in all of their operating systems. Being a long time computer user myself, there are a number of things that I do from the command line and wouldn't have it any other way. BTW: I'm also a Linux I'm very comfortable at a command line interface.

I've been doing to the redirect to a file from the Windows and Linux command line for a number of years. I'm not aware of any quicker way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

You can do it within Windows Explorer with this: How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, or in Windows 7


Context Menu - Add View and Print File Directory - Vista Forums


If you really want to do it from the Command Prompt

dir > %temp%\dirlist.txt & notepad /p %temp%\dirlist.txt
My System SpecsSystem Spec

31 Jan 2010   #4



I'm not sure if I really understand what you want to do, but try this: Windows 7 Blog | Inhalt der Eingabeaufforderung kopieren

basically with the command: "dir | clip" you get the whole output of the command (dir) into the windows clipboard.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2013   #5

W7 U x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nechan View Post

I'm not sure if I really understand what you want to do, but try this: Windows 7 Blog | Inhalt der Eingabeaufforderung kopieren

basically with the command: "dir | clip" you get the whole output of the command (dir) into the windows clipboard.
thanks for that!

also, you might find useful a trick to open command line (cmd) in your current explorer folder: Just press Shift+RMB, and you should get a 'hidden' context menu : "Open command window here"
then use aforementioned "dir | clip", and you're good to go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 ? How get equivalent of cmd line dir > prn ?

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