A token is a word, a string of text, or a symbol. The following
DOSSHELL.INI file entry would be represented in memory by three tokens; one
for the word "help," one for the equal sign, and one for the string of text
to the right of the equal sign:
help = Starts the MS-DOS command prompt
Once a token has been used to represent a word, string, or symbol, each
additional occurrence of the word, string, or symbol does not require an
additional token. For example, the following block of text uses 11 tokens:
startup = filemanager
filemanagermode = shared
sortkey = name
pause = disabled
explicitselection = disabled
swapmouse = disabled
Only one token is used to represent each occurrence of the equal sign and
one token is used to represent each occurrence of the word "disabled."
What Happens When New Tokens Are Added
The text on the left of the equal sign is usually a common word (such as
"sortkey," "pause," "swapmouse," and so on) that is used repeatedly in the
DOSSHELL.INI file. Therefore, each new line added to the DOSSHELL.INI file
usually requires only one new token for the string to the right of the
If you reach the 2000 token limit, you can remove unneeded lines to make
room for additional Program Objects or other items.
The following items can usually be removed without significantly impacting
your MS-DOS Shell configuration:
• Color schemes you do not use.
• Default program items and groups you don't use.
• Help text (If you don't need or use it).