Shortcuts that You Run in DOSBox

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  • This will allow you to use a shortcut to your program using a batch file that you run in DOSBox it's self.
  • This way you can keep you mount settings

You may also want to read DOSBox Shortcuts

Making the Shortcuts

  • Create in the root directory of the folder you use primarily for DOSBox a text file and rename it [program].bat
  • Open it in notepad and type
    • @echo off
cd [program dir]
[program]
cd \
REM once the program is closed this will take you back to the root directory
  • To run it (provided your autoexec has something like "mount C C:\folder", C:\ and [program].bat is in C:\folder) just type [program].
  • So for theme hospital that would be 'hospital.bat' and
    • @echo off
cd hospital
hospital
cd \
  • and to run it all you need to do is type 'hospital'.
  • If autoexec is empty then you will need to add the lines
    • mount C C:\folder
and
C:\

A Small Shortcut Maker

  • You can write a program to do this quickly
  • Unfortunately this version can't be run from dosbox due to the set /P command not being supported by DOS 6 and some other syntax changes if you follow the link at the bottom of the page you can download a dos version that uses Horst's INPUT.COM
  • Create a batch file in the directory you want the shortcuts to be in lets call it short.bat and copy this to it
  • The important parts of the code are in bold
    • @echo off
: start
set /P file="Enter the name of the program: "
choice /m "Does the program folder have the same name as the program file (only if folder is in shortcut directory): "
REM i.e. shortcut is C:short (in DOSBox) and file is C:\folder\file
REM say no if folder is C:\prog\folder\file and if shortcut is in C:\shortf\short use the full path
if errorlevel 1 set folder=%program%
if errorlevel 2 set /P folder="Enter the name of the program folder: "
choice /m "Do you want the shortcut to have the same name as the program file"
if errorlevel 1 set shortcut=%program%
if errorlevel 2 set /P shortcut="Enter the name of the shortcut: "
choice /m "Do you want the shortcut to have the same name as the file"
if errorlevel 1 set shortcut=%file%
if errorlevel 2 set /P shortcut="Enter the name you want for the shortcut: "
choice /m "Is the file on the same drive as the shortcut"
if errorlevel 1 set drive=null
if errorlevel 2 set /P drive="Enter the correct drive letter: "
write
if exist .\%shortcut%.bat goto error1
: override
echo @echo off >> %shortcut%.bat
if not %drive%==null echo %drive%:\ >> %shortcut%.bat
echo cd %folder% >> %shortcut%.bat
echo %program% >> %shortcut%.bat
echo cd \ >> %shortcut%.bat
if not exist .\%shortcut%.bat goto error2
if not %drive%==null echo A shortcut to the file %file% in the folder %folder% on drive %drive%:\ with the name %shortcut% has been created
if %drive%==null echo A shortcut to the file %file% in the folder %folder% with the name %shortcut% has been created
echo "To run %file% just type %shortcut%"
goto again
REM error messages and codes
: error1
echo error (1): there is already a file with the name %shortcut% in this folder
choice /m "overwrite file"
if not errorlevel 2 goto override
choice /m "chose another name for your shortcut"
if errorlevel 1 set /P shortcut="Enter the name you want for the shortcut: "
if errorlevel 1 goto : write
goto end
: error2
echo error (2): file creation failed
goto end
: again
choice /m "do you want to create another shortcut"
if errorlevel 2 goto end
goto start
: end
pause
  • This has been tested and run in windows 7 other versions may need some small syntax changes
  • I have created two copies of the file one runs in dos and the other is the above code (windows) both of which can be found here
  • To allow this to run in DOSBox you will need to download INPUT.com from Horstmuc.de (under Pbats) and place it in the same folder as short.bat