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Read all the record from a home inventory text file,  find the first space reading from left to right, define key or word as the string to the left of the space. Write that key to new file then sort the file and remove duplicates. The input file is a list of inventory items for a home. First word is like Bed RM1, Bed RM2, Utility Rm, Garage and etc followed by item descriptiom, cost, and age.Steve King had a solution on the code for removing dips in 5-14-2012
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Assumes your input file named Rooms.txt which looks like:
Bed RM1, description, cost, 10
Bed RM2, description, cost, 10
Utility Rm, description, cost, and age
Garage, description, cost, and age
Storage Rm, description, cost, and age

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Make a unique.bat file of code below.

@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion

set FNInput=Rooms.txt
set FNOut1=Output_temp.txt
if exist "%FNOut1%" del /q "%FNOut1%"
for /f "tokens=1 delims=," %%a in ('type "%FNInput%"') do (
  for /f "tokens=1" %%A in ('echo %%a') do (
    >> "%FNOut1%" echo %%A
  )
)
if exist "%FNOut1%" (
  set "prev="
  for /f "delims=" %%F in ('sort "%FNOut1%"') do (
    set "curr=%%F"
    setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
    if !prev! neq !curr! echo !curr!
    endlocal
    set "prev=%%F"
  )
)

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Run it like so:
unique.bat>output.txt

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Resultant output.txt:
Bed
Garage
Storage
Utility

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