Help Command

Help Command Examples, Options, Switches, & More

Screenshot of the help command in Windows 10

The help command is a Command Prompt command that's used to provide more information on another command.

You can use the help command at any time to learn more about a command's usage and syntax, like which options are available and how to actually structure the command to use its various options.

Help Command Availability

The help command is available from within the Command Prompt in all Windows operating systems including Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and others.

The help command is also a DOS command available in MS-DOS.

Note: The availability of certain help command switches and other help command syntax may differ from operating system to operating system.

Help Command Syntax

help [command] [/?]

Tip: See How to Read Command Syntax if you're not sure how to interpret the help command syntax above.

helpExecute the help command without options to produce a list of commands that are usable with the help command.
command This option specifies the command that you would like to display help information for. Some commands are not supported by the help command. If you need information about unsupported commands, the help switch can be used instead.
/?The help switch can be used with the help command. Executing help is the same as executing help /?.

Tip: You can save the output of the help command to a file using a redirection operator with the command. See How to Redirect Command Output to a File for instructions or check out Command Prompt Tricks for more tips.

Help Command Examples

help ver

In this example, the full help information for the ver command is displayed on the screen, which might look something like this: Displays the Windows version.

help robocopy

Just as in the previous example, the syntax and other information on how to use the robocopy command are displayed.

However, unlike the ver command, robocopy has lots of options and information, so Command Prompt displays a lot more information than just one sentence like you might see with some commands like ver.

Help Related Commands

Due to the nature of the help command, it's used with just about every other command in existence, like rd, print, xcopy, wmic, schtasks, path, pause, more, move, label, prompt, diskpart, color, chkdsk, attrib, assoc, echo, goto, format, and cls.