View File Does Not Show Subdirectories in MS-DOS Shell (77405)
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 Q77405
Within MS-DOS 5.0 or later Shell, if files in the root directory can
be viewed but files in other directories cannot, ensure that the Select
Across Directories option is not active in the Options Menu. If it is
inactive, the DOSSHELL.INI file may be corrupted.
The DOSSHELL.INI file can be recreated by expanding the appropriate
file from the MS-DOS 5 or later Upgrade disks. The following list
identifies the file to expand based on the monitor being used.
Monitor File to Expand
EGA monochrome: MONO.IN_
VGA monochrome: MONO.IN_
These files are located on disk 2 (3.5-inch format) or disk 3
(5.25-inch format). It is not necessary to replace other Shell files.
The DOSSHELL.INI file can be corrupted in several ways. The following
are two common causes for a corrupt DOSSHELL.INI file:
• Not exiting Shell properly
You must exit either by pressing ALT+F4, or by choosing Exit
from the File menu. In both cases, wait for the DOS prompt
to appear before turning the computer off. The DOSSHELL.INI is
updated each time you exit Shell, so cutting power early can
damage the file. Note: After pressing SHIFT+F9 to temporarily
exit to a DOS prompt, type exit
to return to Shell before exiting Shell.
• Editing the file with a word processor that saves the file in
If a text editor or word processor is used to modify the file,
and its default file format is its own binary format, verify
that the DOSSHELL.INI is saved as text only or ASCII format.
For additional information, query on the following words:
DOS and Shell and 5.0 and Select Across Directories
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