|File Type||DOS Batch File|
|File Format||Proprietary (Microsoft)|
|Usage||Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually|
|Popularity||★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Popular|
Contains a series of line commands that typically might be entered at the DOS command prompt; most commonly used to start programs and run maintenance utilities within Windows.
BAT files can be manually created and edited to automate tasks and perform repetitive operations; they can written with a basic text editor, such as Notepad, and saved with a ".bat" extension.
Important: You should not open unknown BAT files, as they may contain executable viruses or other malicious code.