Introduction to Windows PowerShell Verbs for Scripting
In Windows PowerShell, verbs always come first in the Verb-Noun command pair. Get-Noun, set-value, remove-Item. Only 50 verbs perform 80% of PowerShell tasks. So far I have only used about 25 verbs.
Experiment With Get-Verb
Experiment with these commands, just substitute the noun that you are interested in:
Get-Verb | Get-Member
Special note, the pipeline symbol displays as ¦ in PowerShell, but as | in notepad.
List of Windows PowerShell Verbs
# To get a list of verbs for PowerShell v 2.0 try this
Add (add-Content, works like append)
(Delete* – there is no delete in PowerShell, instead see remove)
Format (format-List or Format-Table)
Get (This is the default verb, not always necessary, often assumed)
Group (group-Object often abbreviated to plain group)
New (new-Object, opens up a whole world of com or net objects)
Out (out-File, also out-Printer, even out-Host)
Read (read-Host is a method of obtaining console input)
Remove * (remove-Item. PowerShell’s way of deleting)
Set (set-Location, like cmd’s cd) (set-executionpolicy Unrestricted)
Sort (Strictly speaking Sort-Object)
Write (write-Host, also write-Output)
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Never miss a chance to learn a new PowerShell verb, actually there are not that many to master, if you regularly use 40 then you are an advanced programmer. ‘Get’ is the default verb, probably the next commonest is: ‘set’. The construction begins with a verb then a hyphen, finally the Verb or object for example, Get-Process.
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