Launch Msdos Text Editor

The MS-DOS “EDIT” command launches an editor that allows you to create and edit text files. Microsoft introduced the MS-DOS text editor with the release of DOS 5 and has kept the feature in 32-bit versions of Windows, including Windows 7. Windows 7 also includes a windowed text editor called “Notepad,” but you may prefer the MS-DOS text editor because of its simplicity or because you can run it in full-screen mode to eliminate distractions while writing. Launch the text editor from the Windows command prompt.


1. Open the Start menu.

2. Click the “Search programs and files” field at the bottom of the Start menu and type “cmd.” Press “Enter” to display the command prompt.

3. Type “edit” and press “Enter” to display the MS-DOS text editor. Alternatively, type “edit (name of file)” to create a new text file and immediately begin editing it. For example, to create and edit a file called “file.txt,” type “edit file.txt.”

4. Push the “Alt,” the “F” and the “S” keys together to save the file or click “File” and select “Save.”

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