A little DOS help please?


Windows Perfectionist
16 Jan 2004
I am trying to delete a file through dos, and I cant because the file has spaces in it!! For example, how would I delete this file:

C:/file a.exe

You cannot type "del file a.exe" because it has a space in it. I am thinking that the file needs to be renamed first but I dont know how to go about doing that through dos either so... a little help would be great! Dos is not my area of expertise. :p

Thanks :cool:
Put it in quotes - del "C:\file a.exe"
use the short file name (use the dir /x command to find out what it is).
Another cheat del file*.exe

Make sure there are no other files that the wild card (*) would take out.

A safer approach del file?a.exe

The ? wild card only coers one letter now.

DOS was great. I miss it
Short Filename Method - Expanded

Note, generating short filenames must have been enabled before the creation of the file. So this method won't work if you enable short filenames and try to delete a file that was created before it was enabled, you must use del "file a.exe" (long filename) in this case. LeeJend's is probably the easiest. :)

See screenshot using del with short filenames, and the zip file to enable short filename creation for future reference.


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Chaos, in your reg file that is the default setting. The creation of short file names is enabled unless you did disable it, what you should never do. Many programs still rely on short filenames.

Btw guys, what is difficult in just surrounding a filename with quotes?
haha yeah I can live with the quotation marks route. The rest are all neat tricks I mean its not like I use dos on a regular basis and I need the fastest route possible. Thanks Guys!
yoyo said:
Chaos, in your reg file that is the default setting.

:) some tweak programs disable it, some people disable it without knowing better. Now they know better. :D

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