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Enables programs to open data files in specified directories as if these files were in the current directory.

The specified directories are called appended directories because, for the sake of opening data files, they can be found as if they were appended to the current directory.

append [;] [[drive:]path[;...]] [/x:{on | off}][/path:{on | off}] [/e]



Cancels the list of appended directories.


Specifies the drive (if other than the current drive) and directory that you want to append to the current directory. You can specify multiple entries of [drive:]path, separating the entries with semicolons. When used by itself, append cancels the existing list of appended directories.

/x:{on | off}

Specifies whether MS-DOS subsystem is to search appended directories when executing programs. If you use the /x:on switch, the program does search appended directories. If you use the /x:off switch, the program does not search appended directories. You can abbreviate /x:on to /x. If you want to specify /x:on, you must do it the first time you use append after starting your system. After that, you can switch between /x:on and /x:off.

/path:{on | off}

Specifies whether a program is to search appended directories for a data file when a path is already included with the name of the file the program is looking for. The default setting is /path:on.


Assigns the list of appended directories to an environment variable named append. This switch can be used only the first time you use append after starting your system. If you use /e, you can use the set command to display the list of appended directories. For information about environment variables, see the set command.

See Also

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More Information About Append

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