The description below is from the book DOS the
Easy Way by Everett Murdock Ph.D.
for information about downloading the book.
Type: Internal (6.0 and later)
Purpose: Used in the CONFIG.SYS file to create a start-up menu
which you can select a group of CONFIG.SYS commands to be processed upon
The MENUITEM command can be used only within a menu block in your
file. menutext tells DOS the text to display for each option. Up to
menu options can be displayed in each menu. blockname tells DOS the name
configuration block that should be executed when the menu item is
For more information about the MENUITEM command, see Chapter 6, Tips for Advanced Users, in the downloadable book DOS the Easy Way.
blockname - Specifies the name of the configuration block that DOS
will execute when a menu item is selected. The name can be up to 70
characters long but cannot include the following characters:
\ / , ; = [ ]
menutext - Specifies the text you want to display as the menu
option. You can use up to 70 characters, including spaces. If you do not specify the
menu text, the blockname will be displayed in the menu.
When creating a menu of CONFIG.SYS options to be displayed upon startup,
create a menu item for the NORMAL block of options to be loaded by adding
this line within a menu block:
menuitem=normal, Standard Setup
If this option is selected, the block of configuration options in the
CONFIG.SYS file labeled NORMAL will be loaded. The words Standard Setup will be
displayed as the option text.