Clear-​Item​Property

Clears the value of a property but does not delete the property.

Syntax

Clear-ItemProperty
     [-Name] <String>
     [-Confirm]
     [-Credential <PSCredential>]
     [-Exclude <String[]>]
     [-Filter <String>]
     [-Force]
     [-Include <String[]>]
     -LiteralPath <String[]>
     [-PassThru]
     [-UseTransaction]
     [-WhatIf]
     [<CommonParameters>]
Clear-ItemProperty
     [-Path] <String[]>
     [-Name] <String>
     [-Confirm]
     [-Credential <PSCredential>]
     [-Exclude <String[]>]
     [-Filter <String>]
     [-Force]
     [-Include <String[]>]
     [-PassThru]
     [-UseTransaction]
     [-WhatIf]
     [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Clear-ItemProperty cmdlet clears the value of a property, but it does not delete the property. You can use this cmdlet to delete the data from a registry value.

Examples

Example 1: Clear the value of registry key

PS C:\> Clear-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\Software\MyCompany\MyApp" -Name "Options"

This command clear the data in the Options registry value in the MyApp subkey of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\MyCompany.

Because the command is being issued from a file system drive (C:), it uses the fully qualified path to the HKLM: drive and the Software\MyCompany\MyApp subkey. It uses the Name parameter to specify the Options value.

Required Parameters

-LiteralPath

Specifies the path to the property being cleared. Unlike the Path parameter, the value of LiteralPath is used exactly as it is typed. No characters are interpreted as wildcards. If the path includes escape characters, enclose it in single quotation marks. Single quotation marks tell Windows PowerShell not to interpret any characters as escape sequences.

Type:String[]
Aliases:PSPath
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Name

Specifies the name of the property to be cleared, such as the name of a registry value. Wildcards are not permitted.

Type:String
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Path

Specifies the path to the property being cleared. Wildcards are permitted.

Type:String[]
Position:0
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName, ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False

Optional Parameters

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:cf
Position:Named
Default value:False
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Credential

Specifies a user account that has permission to perform this action. The default is the current user.

Type a user name, such as User01 or Domain01\User01, or enter a PSCredential object, such as one generated by the Get-Credential cmdlet. If you type a user name, you will be prompted for a password.

This parameter is not supported by any providers installed with Windows PowerShell.

Type:PSCredential
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Exclude

Specifies, as a string array, an item or items that this cmdlet excludes. The value of this parameter qualifies the Path parameter. Enter a path element or pattern, such as .txt or s. Wildcards are permitted.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Filter

Specifies a filter in the provider's format or language. The value of this parameter qualifies the Path parameter. The syntax of the filter, including the use of wildcards, depends on the provider. Filters are more efficient than other parameters, because the provider applies them when the cmdlet gets the objects rather than having Windows PowerShell filter the objects after they are retrieved.

Type:String
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Force

Indicates that this cmdlet deletes properties from items that cannot otherwise be accessed by the user. Implementation varies from provider to provider. For more information, see about_Providers.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Include

Specifies, as a string array, an item or items that this cmdlet clears. The value of this parameter qualifies the Path parameter. Enter a path element or pattern, such as *.txt. Wildcards are permitted.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-PassThru

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-UseTransaction

Includes the command in the active transaction. This parameter is valid only when a transaction is in progress. For more information, see about_Transactions.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:usetx
Position:Named
Default value:False
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:wi
Position:Named
Default value:False
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

Inputs

System.String

You can pipe a path string to this cmdlet.

Outputs

None or System.Management.Automation.PSCustomObject

When you use the PassThru parameter, Clear-ItemProperty generates a PSCustomObject object that represents the cleared item property. Otherwise, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

Notes

  • You can use Clear-ItemProperty to delete the data in registry values without deleting the value. If the data type of the value is Binary or DWORD, clearing the data sets the value to zero. Otherwise, the value is empty.

    You can also refer to Clear-ItemProperty by its built-in alias, clp. For more information, see about_Aliases.

    The Clear-ItemProperty cmdlet is designed to work with the data exposed by any provider. To list the providers available in your session, type Get-PSProvider. For more information, see about_Providers.

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