PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Access Online Help

PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Access Online Help

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Summary: Learn how to access online Help easily by using Windows PowerShell.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I ensure that I am always accessing the latest Help content—even if I suspect my Help file for Windows PowerShell is out-of-date, and I do not have time to download and install the latest?

Hey, Scripting Guy! AnswerUse the –Online switch when using the Get-Help cmdlet.
         This example opens Help content for Set-WSManInstance:

Get-Help Set-WSManInstance -Online 

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  • When I type this command:

      get-help get-childitem -online

    I get the following message:

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    get-help : The online version of this Help topic cannot be displayed because

    the Internet address (URI) of the Help topic is not specified in the command

    code or in the help file for the command.

    ----------

    Replace "childitem" with any other PS object, and I get the same message.

    How can I avoid this?