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PowerShell in Depth, Second Edition by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway

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Chapter 9. Formatting

This chapter covers

  • PowerShell’s formatting system
  • PowerShell’s Format cmdlets
  • Creating custom formats
  • Formatting tips

PowerShell, as you’ve learned in the preceding chapters, works primarily with objects. Objects are just an in-memory data structure. But the time comes when PowerShell needs to share information from those objects with us humans. PowerShell has to take those in-memory data structures and convert them into something a person can view. PowerShell’s formatting system is designed to accomplish that task.

9.1. The time to format

Whenever you construct a command line, those commands all run in a pipeline. What you don’t see is an invisible cmdlet hanging out at the end of every pipeline: Out-Default ...

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