Learn More About Command Line Applications

These days, most people won’t have much reason to fall back to a command line in Windows given that most functions have a corresponding graphical interface. However, for more serious things like network diagnostics (like ping, traceroute, pathping, nslookup etc) there is often no avoiding the command line window.

Anyway, one tip that I always found handy was finding out what options a command line application would accept. Given that a command line application doesn’t have a “Help” menu you’d be stuck if you didn’t know what you were doing in the first instance. If you do find yourself stumped, most command line applications will accept the “/?” resulting in the following commands:

  • ping /?
  • tracert /?
  • pathping /?
  • nslookup /?

Easy stuff!

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