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Assorted NT/2000/XP/.. CMD.EXE Script Tricks
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109} How do I open e.g. three separate instances of notepad at one go?

> I have a file OPENTEXT.CMD that contains the following lines:
>   notepad textfile1.txt
>   notepad textfile2.txt
>   notepad textfile3.txt
> When I type OPENTEXT, I want all three of the text files to open in separate Notepad windows.

START starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.
  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions
  start "" notepad textfile1.txt
  start "" notepad textfile2.txt
  start "" notepad textfile3.txt
  endlocal & goto :EOF

start ["title"] ...
: Specifies the title to display in Command Prompt window title bar.
It always is advisable to include it, even if left empty (a common practice).

Also see items #36 and #174.