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Windows PowerShell Pocket Reference by Lee Holmes

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Chapter 5. Standard PowerShell Verbs

Cmdlets and scripts should be named using a Verb-Noun syntax, for example, Get-ChildItem. The official guidance is that, with rare exception, cmdlets should use the standard PowerShell verbs. They should avoid any synonyms or concepts that can be mapped to the standard. This allows administrators to quickly understand a set of cmdlets that use a new noun.

Verbs should be phrased in the present tense, and nouns should be singular. Tables Table 5-1 through Table 5-6 list the different categories of standard PowerShell verbs.

Table 5-1. Standard Windows PowerShell common verbs

Verb

Meaning

Synonyms

Add

Adds a resource to a container, or attaches an element to another element.

Append, Attach, Concatenate, Insert

Clear

Removes all elements from a container.

Flush, Erase, Release, Unmark, Unset, Nullify

Copy

Copies a resource to another name or container.

Duplicate, Clone, Replicate

Get

Retrieves data.

Read, Open, Cat, Type, Dir, Obtain, Dump, Acquire, Examine, Find, Search

Hide

Makes a display not visible.

Suppress

Join

Joins a resource.

Combine, Unite, Connect, Associate

Lock

Locks a resource.

Restrict, Bar

Move

Moves a resource.

Transfer, Name, Migrate

New

Creates a new resource.

Create, Generate, Build, Make, Allocate

Push

Puts an item onto the top of a stack.

Put, Add, Copy

Pop

Removes an item from the top of a stack.

Remove, Paste

Remove

Removes a resource from a container.

Delete, Kill

Rename

Gives a resource a new name.

Ren, Swap

Search

Finds a resource (or summary information about that ...

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