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I have a folder called "test-folder" which contains alot of files with different types. I want to delete all music files. (mp3, mp4, mpeg ...)

I know i can delete all mp3 files like this:

remove-item C:\path\to\test-folder\"*.mp3*"

Is it possible to add multiple wildcard selectors e.g.:

remove-item C:\path\to\test-folder\"*.mp3*+*.mpeg*"

so i can delete all the music files with one command?

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For a single directory:

remove-item C:\path\to\test-folder\* -include *.mp3, *.mpeg

or a useful method for when files span multiple directories:

remove-item C:\path\to\test-folder\*.mp3, C:\path\to\other\test-folder\*.mpeg

or you could move to that directory first:

cd C:\path\to\test-folder\
remove-item *.mp3, *.mpeg

Use Get-Help Remove-Item -full for full details of available flags and usage.

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    Thanks for the info about Get-Help.
    – Black
    Feb 24, 2016 at 19:50
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remove-item C:\path\to\test\folder\* -include .mp4,.mp3

The above command needs to changed a little to work correctly (courtesy @root)

remove-item C:\path\to\test\folder\* -include *.mp4,*.mp3
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  • Close, but I believe you would need the wildcard in front of the extensions.
    – root
    Feb 24, 2016 at 19:19
  • Well to be honest I cannot test this right now so I am not going to doubt you but I would also like to point out that I think the one wildcard character that I already have in the path would do the trick, again you might be totally correct.
    – Jay T.
    Feb 24, 2016 at 19:22
  • It actually needs both - the asterisk at the end of the file path and at the beginning of each extension delimiter.
    – root
    Feb 24, 2016 at 19:25
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For the opposite case, I want to remove all of the ArtWork, db, Zune, desktop files from the Music folders. We need to use -Recurse for network drive NAS1:

\\NAS1\Public> remove-item '.\Shared Music\*' -include desktop.ini,_msl.db,Zune*.jpg,Folder.jpg,AlbumArt*.jpg -Recurse

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