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How could I append 70 files into one file and maintain the current file layout. The current file format is .txt.
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copy/y  file1.txt + file2.txt
 copy/y  file1.txt + file3.txt
 copy/y  file1.txt + file4.txt
 copy/y  file1.txt + file5.txt
...
 copy/y  file1.txt + fileN.txt
 

:at the end of all the above, file1 will have its original content, plus the content of all the other files.
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actually, you may be better off doing it like this:

copy/y  file1.txt  +  file2.txt  +  file3.txt  +  file4.txt  +  ...  + fileN.txt

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Another option might be:

for /f %%a IN ('dir /b *.txt') do (
type %%a >> all70.txt
)


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still another option, which will preserve all the original files ... it is similar, just specify a destination file at the end:

   copy/y  file1.txt  +  file2.txt  +  file3.txt  +  file4.txt  +  ...  + fileN.txt    RESULT.txt

(note there is no + before the result filename)
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@knightEknight

The disadvantage to using your methods that I see is the number of files involved:
1. It would be easy to make a typo while listing 70 files
2. Wouldn't you come up against the character limit of a command (126 characters)

If this is to be a re-useable command you would have to alter it each time that the number of files changed or the name changes.

Just some observations to consider.
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by:Bill Prew
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What do the TXT files look like, and what do you mean by "maintain the current format".

Isn't the simplest way to combine them to just do:

copy *.txt c:\temp\newfile.txt

~bp
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I was thinking of the concerns that I mentioned to knightEknight and then reading billprew's response and it flagged a concern to using his and mine that I hadn't thought of.  If there are more .txt files in the same folder that you do not want combined then our methods wouldn't work either.

I suppose it comes down to which method would work the best for the situation.
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