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Create a batch file that prompts user to press any key to exit

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I created a batch file however, I am want a command that will prompt the user to echo "Press any key to exit" and that once the key is entered it will exit.
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by:Steve Knight
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@echo off
rem the rest of your batch
pause
cls
exit

Is that what you mean?
Steve
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If you want it to specifically say that:

@echo off
echo Press any key to exit
pause > nul
cls
exit
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by:Qlemo
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Normally, you would just add the pause command at the end of your batch. Nothing else is needed.
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by:Steve Knight
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Agreed.... the pause is the important bit :-)
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by:t0t0
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All you need to add to your code are the following three lines:

   ECHO Press any key to exit
   PAUSE >NUL
   EXIT /B



You don't need these lines:

   @echo off
   cls

And be careful with the EXIT command because without the '/B' switch, EXIT will close down your DOS session too.
 
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by:Steve Knight
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toto you are just being pedantic now :-) I imagine the guy just wanted to know of pause... and in general at least someone running a batch file from a cmd window wouldn't need a press any key to exit...  the cls and exit is from older versions? of windows that would not close the window if something showed on the screen.... habit but not normally needed now as you say.
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by:t0t0
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I don't suppose the asker knows how to split points between contributors....

So, he went with the CLS then?....
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