choice

CHOICE.exe (Resource Kit/Standard Vista command)

Accept user input to a batch file.

Choice allows single key-presses to be captured from the keyboard.

Syntax CHOICE [/C[:]choiceKeys] [/N] [/S] [/T[:]k,nn] [text] Key /C[:]choiceKeys : One or more keys the user can press. Default is YN /N : Do not display choiceKeys at end of prompt string. /S : case Sensitive. /T[:]k,dd : Default the choice to k after dd seconds text : Message string to display the choices available The Windows 2003 version has some slight differences: CHOICE [/c [choiceKeys]] [/N] [/CS] [/t Timeout /d Choice] [/m Text] key /C[:]choiceKeys : One or more keys the user can press. Default is YN /N : Do not display choiceKeys at end of prompt string. /CS : Case Sensitive. /T dd : Timeout in dd seconds /d choiceKey : Choice made on Timeout /m text : Message string to describe the choices available ERRORLEVEL will return the numerical offset of choiceKeys.

Availability

Choice.com was originally supplied on the Windows 95 install CD, however there are some issues with this version under NT - multiple concurrent invocations of CHOICE will clobber each other. CHOICE.com will also burn a lot of CPU's when in a wait state.

The NT and 2000 Resource Kits contain CHOICE.EXE which behaves a lot better.

In Windows 2003 CHOICE became a built-in command so it is no longer in the resource kit.

Examples:

CHOICE /C:FH /M select [F] Floppy or [H] Hard drive

IF errorlevel 2 goto s_hard

IF errorlevel 1 goto s_floppy

Note the order of the IF statements above, IF errorlevel 1 will return TRUE for an errorlevel of 2

CHOICE can be used to set a specific %errorlevel%

for example to set the %errorlevel% to 6 :

ECHO 6| CHOICE /C:123456 /N >NUL

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