MS-DOS Shell: Select Across Directories Option (74213)

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

This article was previously published under Q74213


If you have Select Across Directories selected under Options, and you use MS-DOS Shell to copy, move, or delete a file, more than one file may be copied, moved, or deleted.


If you have Select Across Directories enabled, each time the directory is changed and another file is highlighted, the previous file retains its highlighted or selected status. Therefore, when you issue the COPY, all files that have been highlighted are copied. The MOVE command functions in the same way.

The DELETE command also functions in much the same way; however, you are prompted before each file is deleted.

The CHANGE ATTRIBUTE command prompts you to choose between changing attributes for the last file highlighted or all highlighted files.

The RENAME command prompts you for a new filename for each highlighted file.

Select Across Directories does not support selecting files across disks.

To avoid the above problem, disable the Select Across Directories option, then choose Deselect All from the File menu.

For More information on selecting/deselecting files in the MS-DOS Shell query on the following words:

Dos 5.0 and shell and ctrl and spacebar

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 10/16/2003
Keywords: KB74213