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for /r %f in (*) do echo %f

Gives the output filename along with the entire path


How do i get just the <filename> without the path included? I need to use that 'filename' string.

Also, is it possible to do the following, once the filename is acquired?

for /r %%f in (*) do (
echo "blah blah blah 'filename'" >> blahblah_filename.txt
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For future reference, Microsoft has an online Windows XP - Command-line reference A-Z which is still mostly applicable to later versions. The documentation in the answer you accepted is at the end of the section on the for command. – martineau Oct 18 '12 at 3:31
up vote 16 down vote accepted

Use %~nxf for <filename>.<extension>.

And yes, you can do:

for /r %%f in (*) do (
echo "blah blah blah '%%~nxf'" >> blahblah_%%~nxf.txt

See for /?:

In addition, substitution of FOR variable references has been enhanced.
You can now use the following optional syntax:

    %~I         - expands %I removing any surrounding quotes (")
    %~fI        - expands %I to a fully qualified path name
    %~dI        - expands %I to a drive letter only
    %~pI        - expands %I to a path only
    %~nI        - expands %I to a file name only
    %~xI        - expands %I to a file extension only
    %~sI        - expanded path contains short names only
    %~aI        - expands %I to file attributes of file
    %~tI        - expands %I to date/time of file
    %~zI        - expands %I to size of file
    %~$PATH:I   - searches the directories listed in the PATH
                   environment variable and expands %I to the
                   fully qualified name of the first one found.
                   If the environment variable name is not
                   defined or the file is not found by the
                   search, then this modifier expands to the
                   empty string

The modifiers can be combined to get compound results:

    %~dpI       - expands %I to a drive letter and path only
    %~nxI       - expands %I to a file name and extension only
    %~fsI       - expands %I to a full path name with short names only
    %~dp$PATH:I - searches the directories listed in the PATH
                   environment variable for %I and expands to the
                   drive letter and path of the first one found.
    %~ftzaI     - expands %I to a DIR like output line

In the above examples %I and PATH can be replaced by other valid
values.  The %~ syntax is terminated by a valid FOR variable name.
Picking upper case variable names like %I makes it more readable and
avoids confusion with the modifiers, which are not case sensitive.
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Thanks Bob! Have a great day – Jay Oct 18 '12 at 3:24

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