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Why is an "@" used in batch files ?

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@ temporarily turns the echo off...which hides the output of normal commands during processing.
Which is why you use them both on the first line:

@echo off

so that command is hidden as well..

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Commented:
You could also use

@dir c:\ > c:\dirlist.txt
@type dirlist.txt|find /i "data"
@for %%a in (c:\dirlist.txt) do echo %%a

but the foremost echo off, eliminates the need to precede each line with @
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