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CHCP + Changing the Code Page

At the system level, selects the code page DOS is using,

which contains character set definitions.


PC-DOS 3.3




CHCP [xxx]


[xxx] Specifies the number of the desired code


In PC-DOS version 3.3, CHCP is used to switch from the

standard code page of 437 to the new code pages containing

international symbols provided with this version of DOS.


CHCP 850

instructs DOS to use code page 850, which contains the character

set definition for multilingual characters.


displays the operating-system code page that is currently in



Active codepage: xxx

reports the code page DOS is currently using.

Codepages xxx not prepared for system

CHCP could not select the page you specified. Make sure that

NLSFUNC is loaded and prepare all devices for the code page by

using the MODE command.


PC-DOS 3.3 allows you to switch between different code

pages, which contain the definitions of characters that are

displayed on the screen or produced by your printer. If you use

Canadian French, Norwegian, Danish, or Portuguese, you may want

to use code page switching to produce newly supported special

characters. The NLSFUNC command must be loaded before you use the

CHCP command.


[For related topics, press R]



MODE Command

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