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command more filename
will display the named file page by page. To view the next page you
hit the space bar. To see just the first few lines of a file
use head filename. The last part of the file
can be viewed via tail filename. The
command cat filename will cause the entire file
to be printed on the screen. This means that if the file is
longer than a single screen full it will just scroll rapidly by.
You can, of course, also look at a file in an editor like vi or emacs.