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Format-Custom

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0

Uses a customized view to format the output.

Syntax

Format-Custom [[-Property] <Object[]>] [-Depth <int>] [-DisplayError] [-Expand <string>] [-Force] [-GroupBy <Object>] [-InputObject <psobject>] [-ShowError] [-View <string>] [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Format-Custom cmdlet formats the output of a command as defined in an alternate view. Format-Custom is designed to display views that are not just tables or just lists. You can use the views defined in the *format.PS1XML files in the Windows PowerShell directory, or you can create your own views in new PS1XML files and use the Update-FormatData cmdlet to add them to Windows PowerShell.

Parameters

-Depth <int>

Specifies the number of columns in the display.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-DisplayError

Displays errors at the command line.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Expand <string>

Formats the collection object, as well as the objects in the collection. This parameter is designed to format objects that support the ICollection (System.Collections) interface. The default value is EnumOnly.

Valid values are:

-- EnumOnly: Displays the properties of the objects in the collection.

-- CoreOnly: Displays the properties of the collection object.

-- Both: Displays the properties of the collection object and the properties of objects in the collection.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Force

Directs the cmdlet to display all of the error information. Use with the DisplayError or ShowError parameters. By default, when an error object is written to the error or display streams, only some of the error information is displayed.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-GroupBy <Object>

Formats the output in groups based on a shared property or value. Enter an expression or a property of the output.

The value of the GroupBy parameter can be a new calculated property. To create a calculated, property, use a hash table. Valid keys are:

-- Name (or Label) <string>

-- Expression <string> or <script block>

-- FormatString <string>

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-InputObject <psobject>

Specifies the objects to be formatted. Enter a variable that contains the objects or type a command or expression that gets the objects.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByValue)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Property <Object[]>

Specifies the object properties that appear in the display and the order in which they appear. Wildcards are permitted.

If you omit this parameter, the properties that appear in the display depend on the object being displayed. The parameter name ("Property") is optional. You cannot use the Property and View parameters in the same command.

The value of the Property parameter can be a new calculated property. To create a calculated property, use a hash table. Valid keys are:

-- Expression <string> or <script block>

-- Depth <int32>

 

Required?

false

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ShowError

Sends errors through the pipeline.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-View <string>

Specifies the name of an alternate format or "view." If you omit this parameter, Format-Custom uses a default custom view. You cannot use the Property and View parameters in the same command.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This command supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug, ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, OutBuffer, OutVariable, WarningAction, and WarningVariable. For more information, see about_CommonParameters.

Inputs and Outputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet. The return type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet returns.

 

Inputs

System.Management.Automation.PSObject

You can pipe any object to Format-Custom

Outputs

Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format

Format-Custom returns the format objects that represent the display.

Notes

Format-Custom is designed to display views that are not just tables or just lists. To display an alternate table view, use Format-Table. To display an alternate list view, use Format-List.

You can also refer to Format-Custom by its built-in alias, "fc". For more information, see about_Aliases.

The GroupBy parameter assumes that the objects are sorted. Before using Format-Custom to group the objects, use Sort-Object to sort them.

Example 1

C:\PS>get-command start-transcript | format-custom -view MyView

Description

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This command formats information about the Start-Transcript cmdlet in the format defined by the MyView view, a custom view created by the user. To run this command successfully, you must first create a new PS1XML file, define the MyView view, and then use the Update-FormatData command to add the PS1XML file to Windows PowerShell.

Example 2

C:\PS>get-process Winlogon | format-custom

Description

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This command formats information about the Winlogon process in an alternate customized view. Because the command does not use the View parameter, Format-Custom uses a default custom view to format the data.

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