The description below is from the book DOS the Easy Way by Everett Murdock Ph.D.
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Type: Internal (1.0 and later)
Purpose: Displays the contents of a file.
When you use the TYPE command, the file is displayed with limited
formatting. Tabs are expanded and generally displayed as eight spaces
you display files that contain special (non-text) characters, these
may have unpredictable effects on your display.
Wild card characters (? and *) cannot be used with this command in either
filename or the extension.
For more information on using the TYPE command, refer to Chapter 2, Using
To display the contents of the file LETTER3.TXT on drive B, enter