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Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label (name) of a disk.

MS-DOS displays the volume label as part of the directory listing. If a
volume serial number exists, MS-DOS displays this number as well.


    LABEL [drive:][label]

To specify that MS-DOS is to display the current volume label and serial
number, if they exist, and that MS-DOS is to prompt you to enter a label or
delete the existing one, use the following syntax:



    Specifies the location of the disk you want to name.

    Specifies the new volume label. You must include a colon (:) between
    drive and label.

Related Commands

For information about displaying the current disk label, see the <DIR> or
<VOL> command.

For information about the volume serial number of a disk, see the <VOL>


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LABEL command messages

If you do not specify a label when you use the LABEL command, MS-DOS
displays a message in the following format:

    Volume in drive A is xxxxxxxxxxx
    Volume Serial Number is xxxx-xxxx
    Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for none)?

The "Volume Serial Number" part of the message is not displayed if the disk
has no serial number.

You can type the volume label you want or press ENTER to delete the current
label. If a disk has a label and you press ENTER for none, MS-DOS prompts
you with the following message:

    Delete current volume label (Y/N)?

Press Y to delete the label; press N to keep the label.

Limitations on volume label names

A volume label can contain as many as 11 characters and can include spaces
but no tabs. Consecutive spaces may be interpreted as a single space.

Do not use any of the following characters in a volume label:

    * ? / \ | . , ; : + =   [ ] ( ) & ^ < > "

MS-DOS displays volume labels in uppercase letters. If you enter a volume
label in lower-case letters, the LABEL command converts the letters to

Using LABEL with a redirected drive

LABEL does not work on a drive created with the SUBST command.


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To label a disk in drive A that contains sales information for 1991, you
might type the following:

    label a:sales1991


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