Entering multi-line commands on Windows allow creating well-structured sequences of commands or scripts. This capability is important for handling complex tasks that require a logical division of operations, improved readability, and efficient troubleshooting. By breaking down a command or script into multiple lines, we can enhance its manageability and comprehensibility, making it easier to navigate and modify. This tutorial demonstrates how to enter a multi-line command on Windows.
A long CMD command can be separated onto multiple lines by inserting a space followed by the caret character (^).
For instance, let's consider breaking down the subsequent command into multiple lines:
tasklist /fi "IMAGENAME eq System*" /fo table
In CMD, this command can be divided in the following way:
tasklist ^ /fi "IMAGENAME eq System*" ^ /fo table
A long PowerShell command can be divided across multiple lines by inserting a space followed by the backtick character (`).
As an example, suppose we aim to break down the following command into multiple lines:
Get-Process -Name "*System*" | Format-Table
In PowerShell, this command can be divided in the following manner:
Get-Process ` -Name "*System*" ` | Format-Table