Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.


An external DOS/Windows command that is used to display command history and create command macros (command shorthand).

Run DOSkey with the number of commands to store, such as 200 in this example. Press F7 to display and Esc to close the history window.
        doskey /listsize = 200

The following example copies all the files in the current folder to the \BACKUP folder:
macro     doskey bk = copy *.* \backup
 enter     bk
 executes  copy *.* \backup

To accept input, add "$1" as follows:
macro     doskey bk = copy *.$1 \backup
 enter     bk gif
 executes  copy *.gif \backup

To view all the macros, enter:
       doskey /macros

Macros last only for the current session. To use them again, save them in a batch file with the following command. Be sure to edit the file and add a doskey prefix to each line.
   doskey /macros > name_of_file.bat
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
If you use the "DOS/Command Prompt" often, you might want to give DOSKEY a try.
Using DOSKEY, for example, is a powerful tool for those who still muck around at that level.
If you use the ``DOS/Command Prompt'' often, you might want to give DOSKEY a try.
Senior Piano: Patrick Kreeger, North Carolina; Henry Doskey, teacher
Rather than rehashing the points Tom and Dan made, we'll focus on a couple of DOS 5.0's best new features, beginning with DOSKEY. DOSKEY is a brand new utility for DOS that is similar to commercial and shareware programs that have been available for some time.