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How do I create a user menu where the bat file asks for info such as name, etc., and then let the person type in the answer which will be saved in the set feature of the .bat file?  

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by:SteveGTR
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You can prompt the user with the set /p command:

set /p ans=Continue Y/N?

if "%ans%"=="" goto :EOF
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Naveen Kumar earned 250 total points
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Just some sample code to show a menu and get an answer :

echo off
set myvar=
echo pick which one you want?:
echo A ( apples )
set avar=Apples
echo B ( Beauties )
set bvar=Beauties
echo C ( computers )
set cvar=Computers
set /p myvar="Enter your choice (A/B/C):"
echo %myvar%
echo Your Selection is:
if "%myvar%" == "A" ( echo %avar% )
if "%myvar%" == "B" ( echo %bvar% )
if "%myvar%" == "C" ( echo %cvar% )

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by:top_gizmo
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For what you want, you may need to go to a simple vbscript.  It is way more dynamic and you can save the variable "name" etc into a file to retrieve later.  If you want an actual GUI, I would look at AutoIt from www.hiddensoft.com its Free.
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by:paultomasi
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The easy part is getting stuff in.

There are TWO difficult parts:

   1. (and I can't emphasise this enough) anticipating what the user will enter at the keyboard

   2. validating the data entered by the user

In short, things never go wrong until they are in the hands of the user!

Let me add just one more thought to this.

Anticipating what the user will enter is NOT the same as expecting what the user will enter.

For example, suppose you want the user to enter a name such as JOHN SMITH.

The user doesn't know how the data is handled by your batch file so he thinks nothing of entering something like JOHN F SMITH or J SMITH or even J F SMITH. How about J. F. SMITH or even J.F.SMITH.

Suppose he accidentally hits the '#' key when pressing ENTER. You end up with something like JOHN SMITH#.
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by:paultomasi
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ttranscripts2
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I prefer to use  arrays for lists and menus. Run the following code for an example.



@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
set fruit[1]=Apple
set fruit[2]=Banana
set fruit[3]=Cranberry
set fruit[4]=Date

echo.
for /l %%i in (1,1,4) do echo %%i. !fruit[%%i]!

echo.
set /p choice=Select fruit [1-4]:

echo.
echo You chose !fruit[%choice%]!


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by:ReneGe
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How about this?

Cheers,
Rene

 
@ECHO OFF

SETLOCAL enabledelayedexpansion

SET Database=%~n0.txt
SET Data.ROW1=First Name
SET Data.ROW2=Last Name
SET Data.ROW3=Age
SET Data.ROW4=Magic Number

:Home
CLS
CHOICE /M "DO YOU WISH TO CREATE A NEW USER?"
IF %errorlevel% == 2 GOTO DisplayData


:NewUser
CLS
IF "%TheUser%" NEQ "" (ECHO LAST USER ENTERS WAS: [%TheUser%] & ECHO.)
ECHO PLEASE ENTER USER INFORMATION AS FOLLOWES
ECHO FIRST NAME,LAST NAME,AGE,MAGIC NUMBER
SET /P TheUser=
REM IF NAME DOES NOT EXIST, ADD IT TO THE DATABASE 
	IF NOT EXIST "%Database%" (
		ECHO %TheUser%>>%Database%
	) ELSE (
	FINDSTR -i /C:"%TheUser%" %Database% >NUL || ECHO %TheUser%>>%Database%
	)
ECHO.
CHOICE /M "DO YOU WISH TO CREATE A NEW USER?"
IF %errorlevel% == 1 GOTO NewUser



:DisplayData
REM READING USERS IN THE DATABASE TO ARRAY
	FOR /F "TOKENS=1-4 DELIMS=," %%A IN (%Database%) DO (
		SET /a UserNb+=1
		SET Data.ROW1.!UserNb!=%%A
		SET Data.ROW2.!UserNb!=%%B
		SET Data.ROW3.!UserNb!=%%C
		SET Data.ROW4.!UserNb!=%%D
	)

REM CHOOSING WHAT USER IS TO BE DISPLAYED
	ECHO PLEASE CHOOSE WHAT USER YOU WISH TO DISPLAY INFORMATION
	ECHO -------------------------------------------------------
	FOR /L %%A IN (1,1,%UserNb%) DO (
		ECHO %%A- !Data.ROW1.%%A! !Data.ROW2.%%A!
		SET Choices=!Choices!%%A
	)
	ECHO.
	CHOICE /C %Choices%
	ECHO.

REM DISPLAYING THE CHOOSEN DATA
	ECHO.
	ECHO.
	ECHO USER DATA
	ECHO -------------------------------------
	ECHO %Data.ROW1%: !Data.ROW1.%errorlevel%!
	ECHO %Data.ROW2%: !Data.ROW2.%errorlevel%!
	ECHO %Data.ROW3%: !Data.ROW3.%errorlevel%!
	ECHO %Data.ROW4%: !Data.ROW4.%errorlevel%!
	ECHO.

PAUSE
EXIT

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