Entering Special Characters in MS-DOS Editor (5.0 & Later) (69377)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q69377


You can enter any special ASCII characters into a file in the MS-DOS Editor by pressing CTRL+P and then ALT+<ASCII character code>.

NOTE: You must use the numeric keypad to enter the ASCII character code.


The escape character is one type of ASCII character. There are three ways to enter this character:
    Press CTRL+P, then ALT+027
    Press CTRL+P, then CTRL+[
    Press CTRL+P, then ESC.
When you use any of the above methods, a left arrow representing the escape character is displayed.

The only special character MS-DOS Editor does not always accept is the CTRL+Z character (ALT 026). If you press CTRL+Z on a line with other text, the character is accepted. However, if CTRL+Z is the only character on the line, MS-DOS Editor removes it from the file. If you start Edlin with the /B option, you can enter CTRL+Z on its own line. The /B option forces Edlin to ignore end-of-file (EOF) characters.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 5/10/2003
Keywords: KB69377