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15. Profiles

Note

The below information is extensively based in information taken from the PowerShell® Notes for Professionals book. I plan to extend this information based on my day to day usage of the language.

15.1: Create an basic profile

A PowerShell profile is used to load user defined variables and functions automatically.

PowerShell profiles are not automatically created for users.

To create a PowerShell profile

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New-Item** -ItemType File $profile

If you are in ISE you can use the built in editor C:>psEdit $profile

An easy way to get started with your personal profile for the current host is to save some text to path stored in the $profile-variable

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"#Current host, current user" > $profile

Further modification to the profile can be done using PowerShell ISE, notepad, Visual Studio Code or any other editor.

The $profile-variable returns the current user profile for the current host by default, but you can access the path to the machine-policy (all users) and/or the profile for all hosts (console, ISE, 3rd party) by using its properties.

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$PROFILE | Format-List -Force

AllUsersAllHosts    : C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\profile.ps1
AllUsersCurrentHost :
C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1
CurrentUserAllHosts : C:\Users\user\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\profile.ps1
CurrentUserCurrentHost : C:\Users\user\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1
Length : 75
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$PROFILE.AllUsersAllHosts
C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\profile.ps1