Cool Stuff about PowerShell 5.0 in Windows 10

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Summary: Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy, talks about cool stuff in Windows PowerShell 5.0 for Windows 10.

Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Over the weekend, I installed Windows 10. It is way cool. I love what we have done with the charms bar…it is gone. I also like the streamlined user interface, the new Edge browser, and especially Windows PowerShell 5.0. I mean, it is awesome. It rocks.

By the way, the easiest way to upgrade to Windows PowerShell 5.0 right now, is to upgrade to Windows 10—which by the way, is a free upgrade from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. For now, that is what I am going to be doing—talking about Windows PowerShell 5.0 on Windows 10. And this brings me to Cool Stuff Week…

What is so cool about PowerShell 5.0?

Well, first of all, what’s not cool? Pretty much nothing. I love it. When I install Windows 10, I have Windows PowerShell 5.0. As Teresa explained yesterday, the next step is to pin Windows PowerShell to the Start page and to the Taskbar (see Exploring Windows PowerShell 5.0). I do this for the ISE and for the Windows PowerShell console.

I am not going to enable scripting right now. I will do that later. For now, I am exploring. I also need to open Windows PowerShell as an Administrator and update Help. Teresa also talked about how to do that yesterday.

The Clipboard

I will admit that when I first heard about Get-Clipboard and Set-Clipboard, I figured they would be pretty lame. I mean, I have been piping to Clip.exe for years. In addition to that, there are Clipboard cmdlets in the PowerShell Community Extension Project, so I figured this was just some low hanging fruit that was easy for the Windows PowerShell team to add.

Really, though, it is pretty cool.

First of all, I can pipe strings to Set-Clipboard and then get it back via Get-Clipboard. It works as expected.

But, when I pipe a directory list to Set-Clipboard, and then I use Get-Clipboard, I don’t get anything back—until I specify the format I want as a FileDropList. As shown here, I then get back a collection of objects:

Image of command output

Of course, it should come as no surprise that we have an object-oriented Clipboard. I mean, everything in Windows PowerShell is an object, so why not the Clipboard? This also means that I can index into the Clipboard, and return a FileInfo object. This is shown here:

Image of command output

At this point, I am starting to think, “You have got to be kidding. Really? Objects on the Clipboard?” Dude, dude, dude."

I know how to use objects and how to work with collections of objects. I mean, this is awesome stuff. I can grab only the base names from the collection of objects, or I can create a table with the base name and the last access time—all from the same Clipboard content. This is shown here:

Image of command output

So, yeah. The Clipboard cmdlets are cool. Way cool. And that is just two of the 1,285 Windows PowerShell cmdlets in Windows 10.

That is just scratching the surface of Windows PowerShell 5.0. Join me tomorrow when I will talk about more cool stuff.

I invite you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you have any questions, send email to me at, or post your questions on the Official Scripting Guys Forum. See you tomorrow. Until then, peace.

Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy


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