Tag: PowerShell 5

PowerShell New-Guid

Create GUID using PowerShell

PowerShell version 5 brings a lot of new cmdlets which make our lives easier and our code cleaner. One of them is the New-GUID cmdlet, which allows you to easily create a new GUID using PowerShell. Before we had this cmdlet we had to use the .NET command to create a new GUID:


Now with PowerShell 5 we can use simply the new cmdlet:


PowerShell New-TemporaryFile

Create a tempfile with PowerShell

When I was using PowerShell in the early stages it was limited in some features, now with PowerShell version 5 Microsoft added some great new features to it. This time it’s about creating a tempfile. I already wrote a blog post in 2011 how you can create a tempfile in older version of PowerShell using .NET:

$tempFile = [System.IO.Path]::GetTempFileName()

With PowerShell 5 you got a native cmdlet for this:

$tempFile = New-TemporaryFile

PowerShell Get-Clipboard

Get and Set Clipboard using PowerShell

PowerShell was always a mighty tool to automate stuff, hut with the first versions we were limited in some functionally. With the release of version 3 and 4 PowerShell got even more powerful. With the latest PowerShell version 5, which is included in Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 and also can be downloaded for older versions of Windows, Microsoft added some cool new functionality. The first thing I am writing about is the Set-Clipboard and Get-Clipboard cmdlets. The cmdlets allow you to get access to the clipboard of your Windows machine.

For example if you use CTRL + C or Copy the files from explorer:

Get-Clipboard File Explorer

You can use this cmdlet:

Get-Clipboard -Format FileDropList

PowerShell Get-Clipboard

This also works of course with other file types:

Get-Clipboard -Format Image

PowerShell Get-Clipboard Image

Great new addition to PowerShell!