How to Write a Simple Batch (BAT) File

Batch files are the computer handyman’s way of getting things done. They can automate everyday tasks, shorten the required time to do something, and translate a complex process into something anyone could operate.

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In this article, you’ll learn how to write a simple batch file. You’ll learn the basics of what batch files can do and how to write them yourself. I’ll also provide you with further resources for learning to write batch (BAT) files.

How to Write a Batch File in Windows

Before going into the details, here is a quick summary

  1. Open a text file, such as a Notepad or WordPad document.
  2. Add your commands, starting with @echo [off], followed by—each in a new line—title [title of your batch script], echo [first line], and pause.
  3. Save your file with the file extension .bat, for example, test.bat.
  4. To run your batch file, double click the BAT file you just created.
  5. To edit your batch file, right-click the BAT file and select Edit.

Your raw file will look something like this:
Test Bat File written in Notepad

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And here’s the corresponding command window for the example above:
Test Bast file command line output

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If this was too quick or if you want to learn more about commands and how to use them, read on!

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