how do I set up a shortcut to execute a 'dos command'?

By drumtrucker
Feb 6, 2004
  1. would like to set up a desktop icon to execute a command at the dos prompt:


    Anybody know?
  2. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Fire up notepad, and do this

     @echo off
    %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9
    ping <enter domain name here>

    Save the file as ping_yahoo.bat, or your chosen name.

    Double clicking it should ping yahoo.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Right click on desktop, New->Shortcut
    In the first window put "ping", in the second one put the name you want the shortcut to have.
  4. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    That's true, and a lot easier.

    Try that first. If it doesn't hold the window open, try mine.

    Why must I always do things the hard way!?!? lol <it comes from forgetting or not knowing the easyway I think!>
  5. drumtrucker

    drumtrucker TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    cool, both work

    I had sort of already figured out a version of spikes, made a batch file in c:\ and made a short cut to point to it.

    But Nodsus method pretty cool, not intuitive, but slick, and lets me assign a icon, because it is still a shortcut.

    BTW, I used to know a way to make the little shortcut arrow not appear on the icon, back in 98 days. can that still be done?

    thanks guys
  6. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    yes it can. It's a simple registry tweak I think.

    Try the 98 way and see if it works.
  7. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    drumtucker: Download TweakUI for Windows XP. It is part of the PowerToys for XP suite. The option to remove the arrow from shortcuts as well as a million other useful registry tweaks are available to you there easily.

    * Note: substitute for Windows 2000 if you are using such.
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  9. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Delete HKCR\Lnkfile\IsShortcut value to remove the arrow on Windows shortcuts. I hope you are aware that doing this is a security risk?
  10. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Removing the shortcut arrow is a security risk? I didn't know that. How come?
  11. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Because I could make a shortcut that is called "My Computer", has the appropriate icon, sits on your desktop and actually points to "format /y c:". Without the arrow you would double click that thing without a second thought.
  12. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    lol. I didn't think about that!

    Talk about forgetting the obvious! lol. I haven't had a good attempt at an amateur hack on my pc for ages. Could be the active response I suppose. If they get caught they get completely sut out from that IP for 10 minutes. :) Not to say it won't happen though.
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