Show-Command is a neat feature and we decided to include it as part of the three commands that everyone needs to know to use PowerShell. I guess that would make four commands now that everyone using PowerShell needs to know.

Show Me the Command!

Show-Command allows you to make a PowerShell command in a window. This window allows you to work through the available parameters that the command uses and then when done, run the command or copy the command to the clipboard. This is done complete with all the parameters you edited in the window.

Show-Command is simply invoked by typing Show-Command and then the name of the command you want to use. For example, if we wanted to use Show-Command to help us with Get-Help, we would type Show-Command -Name Get-Help. The resulting window looks like this:


If done, in the ISE the resulting Window looks like this:

Show-Command in ISE

Pretty simple huh?

Features of Show-Command

There are a few features of Show-Command and the resulting box you would want to be aware of.

First, the tabs that are displayed are displaying the parameter sets that the command can use. A parameter set is basically a set of parameters that work together. In the show command window, things that are mandatory are denoted with an asterisk, as seen below.

Show-Command mandatory parameter

Secondly, you can do three things with Show-Command. You can inspect the commands parameters, copy your filled-out form to the clipboard and finally, you can run the command straight from the window. The first one is just a function of Show-Command. The second two are actual buttons at the bottom of the window as seen below.

Show-Command Copy and Run

Thirdly, you can fill out what PowerShell calls Common Parameters. Common parameters are parameters that should be on every command that PowerShell has or commands you add via modules. Common parameters include -ErrorActionPreference, -Debug, -Force, etc. We will go over Common Parameters in a future post as they are super important to understand. You need to hit the arrow to expand the list of common parameters.

Show-Command Show Common Parameters

Once you hit the arrow, the following area shows up.

Show-Command Show Common Parameters Area

Experience the Magic

Well, that is it with Show-Command. Time for you to go out and experience the magic of Show-Command. Remember to look at each tab if there are multiple tabs as you can find things you didn’t know existed with commands. Also, don’t be afraid to do Show-Command when just exploring PowerShell on your own. I know that John and I use this command frequently, especially when we are working with a new set of commands or a new module.