Many people have never used the command line (Windows) or terminal (Mac) before. So let’s walk through step-by-step how to use the command line, which you will use for plain text authoring with AsciiDoc. You will see how easy it is to use when someone shows you how.

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If you already know how to use the terminal or command line, you can skip this chapter.

On a Mac

The command line on a Mac is called the terminal.

  1. On MacOS, open launchpad.

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    Figure 1. Using Launchpad
  2. In the search bar at the top of the screen, type terminal and the terminal icon appears.

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    Figure 2. Terminal Icon
  3. Select the terminal icon.

  4. See the black terminal window appear.

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    Figure 3. Terminal Window

Another method on the Mac is to open your Applications folder, then open the Utilities folder, and then open the Terminal application.

You will use the terminal enough to want to dock it on your Mac dock bar.

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Figure 4. Dock the Terminal

On a Windows PC

  1. Click Start.

  2. In the Search bar or Run line type cmd and press enter.

  3. See the black window command line window appear.

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    Figure 5. Windows Command Line
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