Windows PowerShell Nouns

Introduction to Windows PowerShell Nouns

In PowerShell, nouns always come after the verb.  For instance: Verb-Noun, Get-Process, New-Alias or Set-Location.  One advantage of researching a noun is that it can lead to other interesting cmdlets in the same family.

Noun Experiments

Experiment with these commands, just substitute the noun that you are interested in:

Get-Service | Get-Member
Get-Help Service
#  NOT Get-Help | Get-Service)

Special note: the pipeline symbol displays as ¦ at the PowerShell command-line, but as | in notepad.

# To get a list of nouns for PowerShell v 2.0 try this:
Get-Command -Noun

Note: There is a sister parameter -verb

Refine your list like so:

# To get a list of nouns for PowerShell v 2.0 try this:
Get-Command -Noun Proc*

PowerShell Noun List

Acl  (Get-Acl)


Childitem (Get-Childitem has an Alias of dir)

Command (Get-Command)

Content (Get-Content machines.csv)



Eventlog (not eventvwr)

Guy Recommends: Free WMI Monitor for PowerShellSolarwinds Free WMI Monitor for PowerShell

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is one of the hidden treasures of Microsoft’s operating systems.  Fortunately, SolarWinds have created a Free WMI Monitor so that you can discover these gems of performance information, and thus improve your PowerShell scripts.

Take the guess work out of which WMI counters to use when scripting the operating system, Active Directory, or Exchange Server. Give this WMI monitor a try – it’s free.

Download your free copy of WMI Monitor

File (Out-file)

Item (Get-Item d:\scripts)

Object (Rare in that Get-object does not work, object used with where, new, group and sort, for example, new-object comobject and New-Object DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry. Also where-object)


Property (Get-Property c:\boot.ini)




SolarWinds Firewall Browser Solarwinds Free Firewall Browser

Here is an utility where you can review firewall settings such as access control lists (ACL), or troubleshoot problems with network address translation (NAT).

Other reasons to download this SolarWinds Firewall Browser include managing requests to change your firewall settings, testing firewall rules before you go live, and querying settings with the browser’s powerful search options.

Guy recommends that you download a copy of the SolarWinds free Firewall Browser.

Summary of Windows PowerShell Nouns

Firstly, remember the sequence: Verb-Noun.  Secondly make a point of collecting PowerShell nouns.  Each construction begins with a verb then a hyphen, finally the Verb or object for example,  Get-Childitem.  However, because ‘get’ is the default PowerShell verb, it is sometimes omitted thus you see ‘Service’ rather than Get-Service.

If you like this page then please share it with your friends


See more PowerShell examples for syntax advice

PowerShell Tutorials   • Syntax   • Get-Verb   • PowerShell Nouns   • Get-Credential

PowerShell -as   • Comparison operators  • Conditional operators   • Real-time Bandwidth Monitor

Get-Date  • Quotes   • Windows PowerShell   • PowerShell Version Check   • Get-Member

Please email me if you have a better example script. Also please report any factual mistakes, grammatical errors or broken links, I will be happy to correct the fault.