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I discovered another way to investigate cmdlet parameters.

If you dig into the output of Get-Command you’ll see it has a parameters property

PS> Get-Command Clear-RecycleBin | select parameters

Parameters
----------
{[DriveLetter, System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata], [Force, System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetada...

If you expand the parameters property:

PS> Get-Command Clear-RecycleBin | select -ExpandProperty  parameters

Key                 Value
---                 -----
DriveLetter         System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
Force               System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
Verbose             System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
Debug               System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
ErrorAction         System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
WarningAction       System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
InformationAction   System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
ErrorVariable       System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
WarningVariable     System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
InformationVariable System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
OutVariable         System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
OutBuffer           System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
PipelineVariable    System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
WhatIf              System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata
Confirm             System.Management.Automation.ParameterMetadata

The really nice thing is that you get the common parameters listed as well.

If you want to dig into the individual parameters

PS> $params = Get-Command Clear-RecycleBin | select -ExpandProperty  parameters

PS> $params.DriveLetter

Name            : DriveLetter
ParameterType   : System.String[]
ParameterSets   : {[__AllParameterSets, System.Management.Automation.ParameterSetMetadata]}
IsDynamic       : False
Aliases         : {}
Attributes      : {__AllParameterSets, System.Management.Automation.ValidateNotNullOrEmptyAttribute}
SwitchParameter : False

or

PS> $params.Verbose

Name            : Verbose
ParameterType   : System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter
ParameterSets   : {[__AllParameterSets, System.Management.Automation.ParameterSetMetadata]}
IsDynamic       : False
Aliases         : {vb}
Attributes      : {System.Management.Automation.AliasAttribute, __AllParameterSets}
SwitchParameter : True

You can see the parameter sets and aliases which is useful. The parameter type indicates the input data.

This is very useful where you haven’t installed the help files on a system

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