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An overview of the Command Line window

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Last modified January 26, 2009
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In any ArcGIS Desktop application, you open the Command Line window with the Show/Hide Command Line window button Show/hide command line window on the Standard toolbar. You can move the window by clicking the bar at the top of the window and dragging it to your preferred location. The Command Line window can be docked or undocked. You can force the window to be undocked by pressing the Ctrl key when dragging the window.

The command line window is split into two sections. The top section is where you enter commands and is called the command line section. The bottom section is where you view execution messages and is called the message section. If you right-click in either section, you will get a context menu that allows you to manage the contents of the section.

Overview of the command line window

NOTE: A command is either a tool name or the name of an environment setting.

NOTE: A command line is a command followed by the values for each of its parameters.

Why use commands and the Command Line window?

Infrequent users of geoprocessing will almost always use the tool dialog. Such users find the parameter controls easy to use and they like the immediate feedback of the warning and error icons placed next to the parameters.
But if you are a frequent user of geoprocessing, you'll like the Command Line window for many reasons.

For ArcInfo Workstation users, the command line usage will be familiar as it is nearly identical to the usage displayed with the Usage command.

NOTE: Tools can only be run from the Command Line window if they are first added to the ArcToolbox window.

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