Windows – How to loop through each line in a text file using a windows batch file

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I would like to know how to loop through each line in a text file using a Windows batch file and process each line of text in succession.

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I needed to process the entire line as a whole. Here is what I found to work.

for /F "tokens=*" %%A in (myfile.txt) do [process] %%A

The tokens keyword with an asterisk (*) will pull all text for the entire line. If you don't put in the asterisk it will only pull the first word on the line. I assume it has to do with spaces.

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If there are spaces in your file path, you need to use usebackq. For example.

for /F "usebackq tokens=*" %%A in ("my file.txt") do [process] %%A