does %* in batch file mean all command line arguments?


Yes. According to the official Microsoft documentation:

The %* batch parameter is a wildcard reference to all the arguments, not including %0, that are passed to the batch file.

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    note: if you have 30 words separated with spaces as argument, you can only take the 9 first words with %i, with i from 1 to 9, but with %* you can take all the 30 words – kokbira Apr 25 '11 at 20:38
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    @kokbira or you can use shift to access the rest – TWiStErRob Nov 10 '14 at 13:38
  • @TWiStErRob - I'm sure you know it but to be clear... even with %* you need to use shift to access parameters beyond %9. The advantage of using %* is you can pass the entire ORIGINAL parameter list (including parameters that have been "shifted out") to an external batch or other program, or with a call :label %*, even if you don't know how many parameters are in the list (or if it's more than 9). – Kevin Fegan Feb 16 at 22:44

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