Move-Item - Powershell 1.0 CmdLet
Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting tool based on the Microsoft .NET Framework. It is designed for system administrators, engineers and developers to control and automate the administration of Windows and applications.
More than hundred command-line tools (so called "cmdlets") can be used to perform system administration tasks and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). These cmdlets are easy to use, with standard naming conventions and common parameters, and standard tools for piping, sorting, filtering, and formatting data and objects.
Description Move an item from one location to another Usage Options -path string The path(s) to the items. Wildcards are permitted. Use a dot (.) to specify the current location. Use the wildcard (*) to specify all items in the current location. -literalPath string Like Path above, only the value is used exactly as typed. No characters are interpreted as wildcards. If the path includes any escape characters then enclose the path in single quotation marks. -destination The path to the location where the items are to be moved. (default = current directory) Wildcards are permitted, but the result must specify a single location. To rename the item being moved, specify a new name in the value of Destination. -include string Include only the specified items from the Path. e.g. "May*" this only works when the path includes a wildcard character. -exclude string Omit the specified items from the Path e.g. "*SS64*" this only works when the path includes a wildcard character. -filter string A filter in the provider's format or language. The exact syntax of the filter (wildcard support etc) depends on the provider. Filters are more efficient than -include/-exclude, because the provider applies the filter when retrieving the objects, rather than having PowerShell filter the objects after they are retrieved. -force Override restrictions that prevent the command from succeeding, apart from security settings. e.g. Force will create file path directories or override a files read-only attribute, but will not change file permissions. -credential PSCredential Use a credential to validate access to the file. Credential represents a user-name, such as "User01" or "Domain01\User01", or a PSCredential object, such as the one retrieved by using the Get-Credential cmdlet. If you type a user name, you will be prompted for a password. This parameter is not supported by any PowerShell core cmdlets or providers. CommonParameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutVariable. Example(s) Move and rename a file: PS C:\>Move-Item -path C:\SS64.txt -destination E:\work\tst.txt Move a directory, and all of its subdirectories and files: PS C:\>Move-Item -path C:\Temp -destination C:\Logs Move all the .TXT files in the current directory, represented by a dot (.) PS C:\>Move-Item -path .\*.txt -destination C:\Logs Use Get-Childitem to retrieve all .doc files from the current directory (.) and all subdirectories and move them to a single directory: PS C:\>Get-Childitem . -recurse -include *.doc | move-item -dest C:\mydocs If any of the files being moved share the same name, Move-Item will display an error and continue, but will move only one file with each name, the other files remain in their original directories. By default, Get-Childitem will not select hidden files unless you specify -Force Move registry keys and values: PS C:\>Move-Item hklm:\software\SS64\* hklm:\software\TEST The wildcard (*) indicates that the contents of the SS64 key should be moved, but not the key itself. Move a directory name that includes wildcard characters: PS C:\>Move-Item -literalpath 'C:\folder_with[reserved`chars]' -destination C:\myDocs