PowerTip: Find Workflow Help on PowerShell


Summary: Learn how to find help on workflows with Windows PowerShell.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question I open the Windows PowerShell console and type Get-Help -Category helpfile workflow and nothing returns. How can I fix this problem?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Assuming you have updated your Help file content by using Update-Help, the problem is that you have not loaded the module that contains your cmdlets. The following illustrates Help before loading the modules:

07:45 C:\> help -Category helpfile workflow

about_Modules                     HelpFile                            Explains ho…

about_Object_Creation             HelpFile                            Explains ho…

about_Remote_FAQ                  HelpFile                            Contains qu…

about_Remote_Requirements         HelpFile                            Describes t…

about_Requires                    HelpFile                            Prevents a …

about_Reserved_Words              HelpFile                            Lists the r…

about_Session_Configurations      HelpFile                            Describes s…

about_Updatable_Help              HelpFile                            SHORT DESCR…

about_Windows_PowerShell_3.0      HelpFile                            Describes s…

about_Windows_PowerShell_ISE      HelpFile                            Describes t…

The following is a simple command to load all modules:

07:45 C:\> gmo -li | ipmo

The following illustrates the results from Help now:

07:46 C:\> help -Category helpfile workflow

Name                              Category  Module                    Synopsis

—-                              ——–  ——                    ——–

about_Checkpoint-Workflow         HelpFile                        Describes t…

about_Suspend-Workflow            HelpFile                         Describes t…

about_WorkflowCommonParameters    HelpFile            This topic …

about_Workflows                  HelpFile                            Provides a …

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