The Command Prompt or Console has been one of the best tools ever. It was built before GUIs and is way more flexible and usable. There are a few things that can only be performed from the console and not from GUIs. The myth that these black boxes are difficult to use and understand has always been there. But believe me, it is as simple as typing in a command and hitting enter. All you need to know is a little bit of syntax of these commands. Microsoft recently published a PDF containing the list of all Windows commands. This PDF not only provides you with reference but can also be used to learn how to use Windows commands to your rescue.
Windows Command Reference PDF Guide
The 948 page PDF eBook called Windows Command Reference contains documentation on over 250 console commands along with a detailed syntax & description of the command & their command line arguments.
The PDF starts with some basic instructions to use these commands. Also, there is a short text on how to customize CMD window and syntactically understand the structure of commands. Just below that is the index of the list of commands. You can click on any command to go to its descriptions page.
This guide is a very detailed one, and the information is like what you will find in the online reference. Once you open a command, you can read about what it does, how to frame it and see the optional flags. Also, the list of commands is a never-ending affair.
For example, I have opened Cd (Change Directory) command which is the most basic one. Firstly, you will be able to see a short description of what this command does, followed by the parameters it can take. Each parameter is well described and is easy to understand. Below parameters will be some remarks followed by the examples. Remarks help you know about peculiarities of this command, and at the same time, examples can help you understand everything better.
Similarly, you can open any command and read about it. If you’ve just moved to Windows, this guide can help you adapt to CMD or Windows Commands. The list is alphabetically arranged, and the PDF has around 948 pages of information and covers all of the Windows Commands.
The PDF has some extra pages/commands for Windows Server. It discusses various commands that only apply to Windows Server.
All the information mentioned in this PDF can be accessed online, but it is always good to have it in one PDF file stored offline. Windows Command Reference is for sure a handy PDF for developers, engineers and enthusiasts who tend to use Command Prompt a lot.
Click here to download Windows Command Reference.