Software & Apps Windows 25 25 people found this article helpful More Command Examples, options, switches, and more by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology experience. He focuses on support and Microsoft topics but is an expert in all areas of tech. He's also the GM & VP of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on January 30, 2020 Tweet Share Email Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide In This Article More Command Availability Syntax Examples Options at the 'More' Prompt The more command paginates the results of other commands — when it's used with them in the correct way. If easy access to large command outputs is what you're after, saving the results of a command using a redirection operator might be a better way to go. See How to Redirect Command Output to a File for more on this procedure. The more command shows the contents of one or more files, one page at a time, but it's rarely used this way. The type command duplicates this functionality and is more commonly used for this particular task. More Command Availability The more command is available from within the Command Prompt in all Windows operating systems including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. It's available from Advanced Startup Options and System Recovery Options as well. Recovery Console in Windows XP also includes the more command. The availability of certain more command switches and other more command syntax may differ from operating system to operating system, even Windows XP through Windows 10. Syntax for the More Command This is the syntax required when using the more command to paginate the results of a different command, the most common use: command-name | more [/c] [/p] [/s] [/tn] [+n] [/?] Here is the syntax for using the more command to show the contents of one or more files: more [/c] [/p] [/s] [/tn] [+n] [drive:][path]filename [[drive:][path]filename] ... See How to Read Command Syntax if you're confused about how to read the command syntax or how it's explained in the table below. More Command Options Option Explanation command-name | This is the command that you're executing, which could be any command that might produce more than one page of results in the Command Prompt window. Include the vertical bar between the command-name and the more command. Unlike vertical bars or pipes used in the syntax for other commands, this one should be taken literally. /c Use this switch with the more command to automatically clear the screen prior to execution. This option also clears the screen after each pagination, meaning you won't be able to scroll up to see the entire output. /p The /p switch forces the output of whatever is being displayed (e.g. a command output, a text file, etc.) to respect the "new page" form feed character. /s This option compacts the output on the screen by reducing multiple blank lines to a single blank line. /tn Use /t to swap out tab characters with n number of spaces when displaying the output in the Command Prompt window. +n The + switch starts the display of whatever is being outputted to the screen at line n. Specify line n beyond the maximum lines in the output and you will not get an error, just an empty output. drive:, path, filename This is the file (filename, optionally with drive and path, if required) to display in the Command Prompt window. To view the contents of several files at once, separate additional instances of drive:, path, filename with a space. /? Use the help switch with the more command to show details about the above options directly in the Command Prompt window. Executing more /? is the same as using the help command to execute help more. The /e option is also an approved switch but seems to be implied at all times, at least in newer versions of Windows. If you have trouble getting some of the switches above to work, try adding /e when executing. An elevated Command Prompt is not required for full use of the more command but will, of course, be required if you use command-name | more where the command-name specified otherwise requires elevation. Examples of the More Command dir | more In the above example, the more command is used with the dir command, paginating the often lengthy results of this command, the first page of which would look something like this: Volume in drive D is Backup & DownloadsVolume Serial Number is E4XB-9064Directory of D:\Files\File Cabinet\Manuals04/23/2012 10:40 AM . 04/23/2012 10:40 AM .. 01/27/2007 10:42 AM 2,677,353 a89345.pdf 03/19/2012 03:06 PM 9,997,238 ppuwe3.pdf 02/24/2006 02:19 PM 1,711,555 bo3522ug.pdf 12/27/2005 04:08 PM 125,136 banddek800eknifre.pdf 05/05/2005 03:49 PM 239,624 banddekfp1400fp.pdf 08/31/2008 06:56 PM 1,607,790 bdphv1800handvac.pdf 05/05/2008 04:07 PM 2,289,958 dymo1.pdf 02/11/2012 04:04 PM 4,262,729 ercmspeakers.pdf 07/27/2006 01:38 PM 192,707 hb52152blender.pdf 12/27/2005 04:12 PM 363,381 hbmmexpress.pdf 05/19/2005 06:18 AM 836,249 hpdj648crefmanual.pdf 05/19/2005 06:17 AM 1,678,147 hpdj648cug.pdf 01/26/2007 12:10 PM 413,427 kiddecmkncobb.pdf 04/23/2005 04:54 PM 2,486,557 kodakdx3700dc.pdf 07/27/2005 04:29 AM 77,019 kstruncfreq.pdf 07/27/2006 01:38 PM 4,670,356 magmwd7006dvdplayer.pdf 04/29/2005 01:00 PM 1,233,847 msbsb5100qsg.pdf 04/29/2005 01:00 PM 1,824,555 msbsb5100ug.pdf -- More -- At the bottom of that page, all of which you see in the Command Prompt window, you'll notice a More prompt. Here you have additional options, all of which are outlined in the section below. Typically, however, you'd press the spacebar to advance to the next page, and so on and so on. more list.txt In this example, the more command displays the contents of the list.txt file in the Command Prompt window: MilkCheeseYogurtAvocadoBroccoliBell peppersCabbageEdamameMushroomsSpaghetti squashSpinachCherriesFrozen berriesMelonsOrangesPearsTangerinesBrown riceOatmealPastaPita breadQuinoaGround beefChickenGarbanzo beans-- More (93%) -- Since the more command has full access to the file that you're displaying, it knows from the start how much it's displaying on the screen, showing a percentage indication as to how complete the output is. Executing more without a filename or any options is allowed but doesn't do anything useful. Options at the 'More' Prompt Use one of these options when you encounter a More prompt: Additional More Command Options Option Explanation <space> Press the spacebar to advance to the next page. <enter> Press Enter to advance to the next line. p n Press p and then, when prompted, the number of lines, n, that you'd like to see next, followed by Enter. s n Press s and then, when prompted, the number of lines, n, that you'd like to skip before displaying the next page. Press Enter to proceed. f Press f to skip to the next file in your multi-file list of files to display. If you've only specified a single file to output, or you're using the more command with another command, using f will exit whatever you're showing right now and return you to the prompt. q Press q to exit display of the file(s) or command output. This option is the same as using CTRL+C to abort. = Use the = sign (just once) to show the line number of the output that you're at right now (i.e. the line you're seeing just above -- More --). ? Type a ? when you're between pages to show a brief reminder of your options at this prompt. If you can't make these options work, execute the command again but add /e to the list of options you're using. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up. Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire Sfc Command (System File Checker) Net Command Ping Command Attrib Command (Examples, Options, Switches, and More) Dir Command Xcopy Command Msg Command Format Command Shutdown Command What Is a Redirection Operator? 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