Running an DOS program or shortcut leaves a Window on your screen which must be closed to clear all signs of the program from your screen.  This can be helpful if the program displays output, but does not pause.  In most cases though it can be a nescience. To get rid of these windows create a DOS shortcut whose settings will apply to all new ones using these steps and modify it to include the Close on exit setting in the program tab.

  1. In Windows Explorer navigate to your windows directory.
  2. Right click on the white space in the directory listing.
  3. From the New menu select Shortcut.
  4. When prompted for a program name enter command.com (Windows 9X) or cmd.exe (Windows NT, 2000 & XP).
  5. When prompted for a shortcut name enter "_default" without the quotes.

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