PowerTip: How Many about_ conceptual Help Files Exist?

Summary: Find out how many about_ conceptual Help files exist on a Windows 8 Windows PowerShell installation.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I get a listing of all the about_ conceptual Help files on my computer running Windows 8?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Use the Get-Help cmdlet and search for about*, as shown here.

Get-Help about*

To find out how many articles this is, pipe the results to the Measure-Object cmdlet, as shown here.

Get-Help about* | Measure-Object

Comments (4)

  1. Philosophically this is an interesting question.

    If you perform this on a new machine you will get an answer of one because you haven't updated help.

    if you perform it post updating help the number can change depending on which modules you have explicitly loaded – for instance the ActiveDirectory module loads two or three about files

    Just proves that the old IT reply of "it depends" still applies  🙂

  2. JV says:

    #Windows XP PowerShell V2

    PS>(help about*).Count


    #Windows 7 PowerShell V3

    PS>(help about*).Count


    #Windows 8 PowerSHell V3

    PS>(help about*).Count


    # WHAT? @(#&^%**&^!&^!%^!!

    # some furious typoing thake palce and ….'

    PS>(help about*).Count


    # Grin! 😉

  3. Ed Wilson says:

    @JV yep, the count property exists on most objects — and it makes it easy to find out the number of items in a collection …

  4. JV says:

    I was surprised to see that Win8 only gives a count of '1'.  I would have though it would come with more that tahe as a starter.

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