Filter for PowerShell Objects

How to filter for PowerShell objects easily

If you are working interactively with PowerShell, It might be unhandy to define all the filtering options with Where-Object. I will show you how to filter for PowerShell objects the traditional way and doing it with Out-Gridview.

Filter for PowerShell objects – the traditional way with Where-Object

If we are looking forward to filter in PowerShell, we normaly make use of Where-Object this. In my example I am looking forward for all proccesses, which contain the name msedge and the value for Handles is greater than 292. My query would look like this:

#traditional way
Get-Process  | Where-Object {$_.processname -contains "msedge" -and $_.Handles -gt 292}
Output of all processes in PowerShell
Get-Process the traditional way with Where-Object

Filter for PowerShell objects – Out-Gridview

I want to show you how to filter for Powershell objects easily by using following cmdlet:

Out-GridView -PassThru


Get-Process | Out-GridView -PassThru

Doing that results in a grid popping up.

output of processes as a grid in PowerShell

Now you have multiple options.

You can make use of the filter of the out of the box filtering options. Let’s say I just want to find the msedge processes.

So I am adding the Processname as a filter criteria:

filtering options in the grid in PowerShell

Adding ProcessName eligibles setting filtering following operators:

does not contains
beginns with
is equal to
is not equal to
ends with
is empty
is not empty

Entering msedge to the contains field, shows only process entries, which contain msedge

filtered results in PowerShell grid
filtering for processes which contain msedge in the name

Now you can add additional filters.

Additional filters in PowerShell
I do add NPM(K) for the value 19
Filter for npmk equals 19

We can even now sort all the stuff by clicking on the column, which we want to sort for.

Sort for CPU in GUI
Sorting for highest CPU usage

Export objects to Excel

If you mark everything with CTRL + A, you can copy all the stuff and put it e.g. straigth to Excel

Exporting objects to Excel
Easy way to export to excel

If you want to process further with powershell, you can mark the entities needed and click on OK. I selected the first and the thridh entity.

Picture selecting only two entities
selecting only two entities

As you see, PowerShell returns my selection

PowerShell return


As you can see you can save time and coding lines, when use are working inteactively on PowerShell by filter forPowerShell objects with Out-Gridview.

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Filtering items with CAML. For further learnings check out the post: Filtering for SharePoint items with CAML Queries | SPO Scripts

Official documentation of Microsoft for the cmdlet Out-Gridview: Out-GridView (Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility) – PowerShell | Microsoft Docs

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