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Defines an item on the startup menu. You can use this command only within a menu block in your CONFIG.SYS file. You can have up to nine menu items per menu. The startup menu is a list of choices that appears when you start your computer. You define a startup menu by using special CONFIG.SYS commands. Each item on the menu corresponds to a set of CONFIG.SYS commands called a "configuration block." A startup menu makes it possible to start your computer with a variety of configurations. For more information about defining multiple configurations, see the chapter "Configuring Your System" in the MS-DOS User's Guide. Syntax MENUITEM=blockname[,menu_text] Parameters blockname Specifies the name of the associated configuration block. The block must be defined elsewhere in the CONFIG.SYS file. If the menu item is selected from the startup menu, MS-DOS carries out the commands in the associated configuration block, as well as any commands at the beginning of the CONFIG.SYS file and any commands in configuration blocks with the [common] header. If MS-DOS cannot find a block with the specified name, the item does not appear on the startup menu. The block name can be up to 70 characters long and can contain most printable characters. It cannot include spaces, backslashes (\), forward slashes (/), commas, semicolons (;), equal signs (=), or square brackets ([ and ]). menu_text Specifies the text you want MS-DOS to display for this menu item. If you don't specify any menu text, MS-DOS displays the block name as the menu item. The menu text can be up to 70 characters long and can contain any characters you want. Related Commands The MENUITEM command is one of six special CONFIG.SYS commands for defining startup menus and multiple configurations. The other menu-definition commands are: * The <MENUDEFAULT> command, which specifies the default menu item. * The <MENUCOLOR> command, which defines the color of the menu's text and screen background. * The <SUBMENU> command, which defines a submenu. * The <NUMLOCK> command, which specifies the state of the NUM LOCK key when the startup menu appears. (Although NUMLOCK can be used anywhere in the CONFIG.SYS file, it is especially useful when defining a startup menu.) * The <INCLUDE> command, which includes the contents of one configuration block in another. This command cannot be included in a menu block. For an overview of the procedure for defining multiple configurations, see the topic <Commands for Defining Multiple Configurations>
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