How to clear contents of a File using PowerShell

by [Published on 28 May 2014 / Last Updated on 28 May 2014]

Tip explains how to clear contents of a file.

Have you ever thought of clearing contents of a file from a command line? There is a PowerShell cmdlet you can use to clear contents of a file. Here are the examples:

To clear contents of a file:

  • Clear-Content C:\Temp\TestFile.txt

To clear contents of all files with the “.TXT” file extension:

  • Clear-Content -path * -filter *.TXT –force

Note: “Clear-Content” just clears the contents of a file. It doesn’t delete the file.

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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP, and was awarded Microsoft MVP in Directory Services. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles for various online communities. Nirmal can also be found contributing to PowerShell based Dynamic Packs for ADHealthProf.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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