Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. August 9, 2004
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Automate the DIR Command
If you go to the command prompt and type

set dircmd=/w/o/p

then press Enter, every time thereafter that you type

dir

the /w/o/p switches will be automatically applied. Of course, if you want only the /p switch, you can type

set dircmd=/p

and press Enter.

You can undo the /w or /o or /p on each instance by simply typing

dir /-switch whatever

For example, if you wanted to do a directory with only the /w switch, you could enter

dir /-p/-o

This is a nice trick that I've been using for a while now, and I really like it. When you exit the Command prompt window, however, the Dircmd setting returns to its default settings.