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BAT

Type: System Files

Acronym: DOS Batch File

DOS batch file used to execute commands with the Windows Command Prompt (cmd.exe); contains a series of line commands that typically might be entered at the DOS command prompt; most commonly used to start programs and run maintenance utilities within Windows.

BAT files can be manually created and edited to automate tasks and perform repetitive operations. They can written with a basic text editor, such as Notepad, and saved with a ".bat" extension.

NOTE: Avoid opening unknown BAT files since they may contain viruses or other malicious code.