Compatibility: 2.0+ 
 Purpose: Sets the maximum number of files that may be opened and accessed
          at one time.

    Uses: ■ Many applications run into problems when the FILES= setting is
            left at the default.  Add this command to CONFIG.SYS (or
            increase its value) when an application reports there are "not
            enough file handles".

          ■ Avoid "inexplicable" file open errors when using word
            processors, spreadsheets, and database management programs.

  Syntax: FILES=n


        n specifies how many files can be open at one time.  n can range
          from 8 to 255.  The default value is 8 which is often too small.

█▌TECH Notes▐█

  ■ By default, the handle table is located in a reserved portion of the
    PSP of every app.

  ■ Starting with DOS 3.3+, it is possible for any application program to
    increase the available handles.  See DOS fn 67H (set handle count).

See Also: CONFIG.SYS Commands