What exactly does the Resolve-Path cmdlet do?


I’ve started working with Powershell lately on my Windows 10 system. I’ve created a profile file, and I wanted to put in a variable which links to a folder in my documents section. However, I didn’t want to hard-code the path because I knew I’d need to go in and re-write it if my profile name got changed in a hard drive transfer like it did the last time I sent it in for repairs. So my first thought was to put in something like this:

But that spat back an error. Then I learned of the Resolve-Path Cmdlet, which appeared at a glance to be what I needed. However, when I did this:

… I got this:

Which seemed like a problem. However, when I tried to cd $Var, it worked successfully, which confused me greatly. I figured that the extraneous Path header in the result would cause an error.

What exactly does Resolve-Path do, and why does it still get interpreted correctly when passed into cd? And additionally, is there any way to make Resolve-Path not include the extraneous information and return only the expanded path?


The reason you are seeing the header Path is because Resolve-Path is returning an object of type System.Management.Automation.PathInfo and when this is not captured into a variable it is outputted as a string to the console in a readable format IE:

This object works with cd as PowerShell is smart enough to parse the object ($var) before cd is run. PowerShell will return the value of the path property to cd meaning cd will see a string "C:\Users\Username\Documents\Folder" and not the object headers.

If you want to just return the path without the header use the Select cmdlet’s -ExpandProperty parameter:

If you would like more information on Resolve-Path MSDN is a good place to start (link).


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