Loading Programs Automatically into MS-DOS Shell Task List (74734)

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 Q74734


You can automatically load applications into the MS-DOS Shell Active Task List upon starting Shell by adding the following line (exactly as shown in lowercase letters) to the DOSSHELL.INI file:


This line should be inserted before the following line:



The DOSSHELL.INI file includes information on each item that is created for the Main list in Shell.

For example, to automatically load the item Command Prompt, add


before the command line for the item


in the DOSSHELL.INI file, as follows:
        program =
        load = enabled
        command = COMMAND
        title = Command Prompt
        help = Starts the MS-DOS command prompt where you
          can type any MS-DOS command.^m^mTo return to MS-DOS
          Shell from the command line:^m^m1. Type exit^m2.
          Press ENTER.^m^mRelated Topic^m   " More on
          Command Prompt "~$129~
        pause = disabled
        shortcut = (none)
        screenmode = text
        alttab = enabled
        altesc = enabled
        ctrlesc = enabled
        prevent = disabled

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 10/14/2003
Keywords: KB74734