Format objects as a wide table that displays only one property of each object.
Syntax Format-Wide [[-property] Object] [-autosize] [-column int] [-groupBy Object] [-view string] [-force] [-inputObject psobject] [-expand string] [-displayError] [-showError] [CommonParameters] Key: -property Object The object properties to display (in order) Wildcards are permitted. You cannot use -Property and -View in the same command. -autosize Adjust the column sizes based on the width of the data. By default, the column size and number are determined by the view. You cannot use the AutoSize and Column parameters in the same command. -column int The number of columns in the display. Cannot be combined with the -Autosize parameter -hideTableHeaders Omit column headings from the table. -view string The name of an alternate format or "view." -groupBy Object Format the output in groups based on a shared property or value. -force Override restrictions that prevent the command from succeeding, without compromising security. Force will override read-only attributes but will not change file permissions. -inputObject psobject The objects to format. (a variable, command or expression that gets the objects) -expand string Where string is either "EnumOnly" (the default), "CoreOnly" or "Both" "CoreOnly" will format and display properties of the collection object itself, while 'emumOnly' will enumerate and display the object properties. (designed around the ICollection (System.Collections) interface.) -displayError Display errors at the command line. -showError Send errors through the pipeline.
Standard Aliases for Format-Wide: fw
The format- cmdlets emit specialized formatting directives, so they do not ouptut a standard PowerShell object, for this reason they should in the pipeline after (to the right) of any WHERE filter.
The value of -GroupBy or -Property can be a new calculated property. To create a calculated property, use a hash table. Valid keys are:
Name (or Label) string (-GroupBy only)
Expression string or script block
Display filenames in the current directory in 3 columns:
PS C:\> get-childitem | format-wide -column 3
Display registry key names, the default property "Name" is the full registry pathname:
PS C:\> get-childitem HKCU:\software\microsoft | format-wide -autosize
Display registry key names:
PS C:\> get-childitem HKCU:\software\microsoft | format-wide -property pschildname -autosize
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Related PowerShell Cmdlets:
format-custom - Format output using a customized view.
format-list - Format output as a list of properties, each on a new line.
format-table - Format output as a table.
out-file - Send command output to a file.
out-host - Send the pipelined output to the host.