View File Contents Option Under MS-DOS Shell (74309)

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 Q74309


When Select Across Directories has been selected under Options while running MS-DOS Shell, only the first file highlighted on each drive can be viewed.


When View File Contents is selected, changing to a different directory and highlighting a file will mark both files as "Selected." Because only one file can be viewed at a time, View File Contents will be unavailable (dimmed). Pressing the function key equivalent (F9) will cause the machine to beep. It will not be possible to view the contents of another file on that drive until Select Across Directories is deselected or Shell is restarted.

To continue viewing the contents of additional files, deselect Select Across Directories, or highlight the file you want to view and then select Deselect All from the File menu.

This information also applies to the File Open options from the File menu. For more information, query on the following words:

DOS and Shell and Select and Across and Directories

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 10/13/2003
Keywords: KB74309