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Messing up with folders in Powershell?

Got a thousand and hundreds of folders on your drive and you want to get the folder names or just having some free time and you want to organize it?

Powershell will save time to organize those folders and will save time on searching and finding information.

Organizing folders or even organizing your own activities in life makes it easier and systematic.
How to mess up with folders in Powershell? And get the data that you wanted.

Powershell provides a relatively quick and easy way to list folders.

Open Powershell ISE or the Powershell command prompt.

Or you are a command line junkie, dir command will be the first command that will cross your mind if you need to list folders in Windows and it also even works in Linux.

Since "dir" command does a beautiful job of listing folders and files, the outout can easily be pipe to Powershell for further processing.

Try this command in Powershell ISE or Powershell command prompt:

dir d:\ | where-object {$_.PsIsContainer -eq $true} | select-object name

Sample output:


PS C:\Users\user01> dir d:\ | where-object {$_.PsIsContainer -eq $true} | select-object name

Name
----
64 bit win 2012
70-417 html notes win2012


It will list the folder names on the drive specified on the command.


To get the last write time for each folder use this command:

dir d:\ | where-object {$_.PsIsContainer -eq $true} | select-object name,lastwritetime

Sample Output:

Name                          LastWriteTime
----                          -------------

64 bit win 2012               11/14/2012 9:48:40 PM
70-417 html notes win2012     5/30/2015 4:44:57 PM


To include the path for each folder type this command:

dir d:\ | where-object {$_.PsIsContainer -eq $true} | select-object fullname


Sample Output:

Name
----
D:\64 bit win 2012
D:\70-417 html notes win2012

If the output of the commands is just overwhelming, too much information that you can't even process is good as nothing.


If there are hundreds or thousands of data, filter the output by this command:

dir d:\ | where-object {$_.PsIsContainer -eq $true} |  Select-object name | where {$_.Name -like "70*"}


The "-like" operator will filter any folder names that starts with the word "70" on the folder name.


If you are looking for a folder name but you just remember a part of the folder name use this command:

dir d:\ | where-object {$_.PsIsContainer -eq $true} |  Select-object name | where {$_.Name -match "70*"}

The command will search for any folders that has "7" or "70" on each folder name.


Sample output of the command that uses "-match "70*":

Name
----
70-417 html notes win2012
70647
Intel Wireless LAN Driver Win7x86-64bit
New folder_70_
win
wireless lan driver win7x86-64bit

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"dir" and "ls" command in Powershell is an alias for Get-ChildItem or gci for short.


That's all, till next time. Try it messed up with the folder names. The command does not remove, delete or rename the folders so you are safe to play with it.



Cheers..Happy coding!!!

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