Sometimes I want to copy a command from Powershell to paste in a document, or I want to copy the output? How can I select and copy text in Powershell?

At least I know a way how to paste a text (or a command) into Powershell: you just right-click on Powershell.

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    You may want to move non-SharePoint related answers to the more generic Stack Overflow site. I do appreciate you are probably using PowerShell in combination with SharePoint, but this questions doesn't belong here. – Jeroen Ritmeijer Jun 22 '11 at 8:57
  • I agree. It is not a pure Sharepoint question. – mirontoli Jun 22 '11 at 11:33

Just select the text in the console window and press enter or the right mouse button. That selected text ends up in your clipboard.

Note that this will only work if QuickEdit mode is enabled for the console window. If it is not, then either enable it in the console window properties (System menu → Properties → Options) or enter Mark mode via System menu → Edit → Mark (Alt+Space, E, K on an English Windows).

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  • Using the shift key to highlight the text (text turns white) didn't work for me. I had to use the mouse to highlight the text (text turns orange) – reggaeguitar Apr 16 '19 at 16:42
  • How do I select all text in the window? – Aaron Franke Nov 23 '19 at 0:59

Or send the output of your command directly to clipboard using clip.exe For example,

Get-ChildItem C:\Test -recurse | Clip
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  • a pipe with clip i a good alternative, too! Thank you! – mirontoli Jun 22 '11 at 11:30
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    This will not work with Unicode, though. In that case you can use Set-Clipboard from PSCX. – Joey Jun 23 '11 at 8:00
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    There IS a way to have clip.exe handle Unicode correctly: set PS's $OutputEncoding variable to BOM-less UTF-16 first, as follows: $OutputEncoding = New-Object System.Text.UnicodeEncoding($false, $false) – mklement0 Mar 22 '13 at 18:57
  • This last trick is what I looked for coming here ! Thanks : ) – sodawillow May 18 '15 at 18:12

Go to the menubar, top left, Edit, Select All, Copy, paste in notepad

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Have a look at Send Text in Clipboard to Application like Notepad (C# or Powershell). You will find some more tips. However, answer by @Wictor is probably the easiest solution.

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I've build my own out-clipboard funciton for this.

Function Out-Clipboard{
    begin {
        $tb = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
        $tb.Multiline = $true
        $pipeObjects = @()
    process {
    end {
            $pipeObjects | out-string -stream | %{$text = $text + $(if($text -ne $null){"`r`n"}) + $_}
            $tb.text = $text
        else {
            $tb.text = $value

Sample command line:

Get-Process | Out-Clipboard

Hope it's what you're looking for.

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  • Your code doesn't work on my box: New-Object : Cannot find type [System.Windows.Forms.TextBox]: make sure the assembly containing this type is loaded. At line:5 char:25 + $tb = New-Object <<<< System.Windows.Forms.TextBox + CategoryInfo : InvalidType: (:) [New-Object], PSArgumentException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : TypeNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.NewObjectCommand – Winfred Jun 23 '11 at 20:55
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    If you check out pscx.codeplex.com , one of the functions provided by the community extensions is out-clipboard – Winfred Jun 23 '11 at 20:56
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    It is very impressive, @CosmosKey! Thanks for mentioning pscx.codeplex.com, @Winfred! – Anatoly Mironov Jun 26 '11 at 13:03

Set-Clipboard is standard cmdlet as of Powershell v5.0. In some cases you should convert objects to text with Out-String before piping result to the clipboard:

Get-ChildItem C:\Windows -recurse -depth 1 | Out-String -stream | Set-Clipboard
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If you want to copy the last command you typed to the clipboard, the following command is useful (especially for commands that span multiple lines):

(Get-History -Count 1).CommandLine | Set-Clipboard

If you want to repeat the last command, and copy its output to the clipboard, use:

Invoke-History | Set-Clipboard

Caveat: you should only do this for inexpensive and idempotent commands without any side-effects.

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