We can read a text file from command line using type command. This command is similar to cat command on Linux.
Example: Let us print the contents of the file c:\boot.ini
C:\>type c:\boot.ini [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition"
If the file is very huge, we can use more command to read the data one page at a time. This more command is pretty much similar to the Linux more command.
Syntax of the command is:
This command will print one page text on the console and will wait for the user to press Enter before it shows the next page.
The above explained commands work in XP, Vista, Windows7, Server 2003 and Server 2008 versions.