PowerShell for Windows Admins

Dec 10 2017   7:30AM GMT

Avoid the truncation in the display

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway


A question came up regarding my recent post about using the file system COM object to get folder sizes. The question was about the folder path and how you could see the whole path. In other words how to avoid the truncation in the display and the three dots.

When PowerShell displays objects it will automatically use a table format if the object has four properties or less. It uses a list if there are more properties. This behaviour can be overridden by PowerShell’s formatting system. This behaviour can lead to truncation of one or more fields.

This is the function to get folder sizes

function Get-FolderSize {
param (
 [string]$path = 'C:\MyData'

if (-not (Test-Path -Path $path)){
 Throw "$path - Path not found"

$fso = New-Object -ComObject "Scripting.FileSystemObject"

Get-ChildItem -Path $path -Directory -Recurse |
foreach {
 $size = ($fso.GetFolder("$($PSItem.FullName)")).Size
 $props = [ordered]@{
 Name = $PSItem.Name
 Created = $PSItem.CreationTime
 FilePath = $PSItem.FullName
 SizeMB = [math]::Round( ($size / 1mb), 2)

New-Object -TypeName PSObject -Property $props


If you just use the function as is

PS> Get-FolderSize -path C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts

You can get truncated output – and you don’t see the size!

Office-Excel      10/02/2017 19:16:29 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\Office-...
Office-OneNote    10/02/2017 19:16:26 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\Office-...
Office-Outlook    10/02/2017 19:16:29 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\Office-...
Office-PowerPoint 10/02/2017 19:16:29 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\Office-...
Office-Visio      10/02/2017 19:18:00 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\Office-...
Office-Word       10/02/2017 19:16:23 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\Office-...

You could use Format-List

PS> Get-FolderSize -path C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts | Format-List

which means you get lots of displays like this:

Name : Event Filters
Created : 10/02/2017 19:16:31
FilePath : C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\WMICookBook\PowerEvents\PowerEvents\Samples\Event 
SizeMB : 0.02
Using Format-Table with the –wrap parameter will avoid the truncation

PS> Get-FolderSize -path C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts | Format-Table –AutoSize –Wrap

Samples         10/02/2017 19:16:31 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\WMICookBook\PowerEvent
Event Consumers 10/02/2017 19:16:31 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\WMICookBook\PowerEvent
 s\PowerEvents\Samples\Event Consumers 
Event Filters   10/02/2017 19:16:31 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\WMICookBook\PowerEvent
 s\PowerEvents\Samples\Event Filters 
ConfigMgr       10/02/2017 19:16:31 C:\MyData\OneDrive\Data\Scripts\WMICookBook\PowerEvent
 s\PowerEvents\Samples\Event Consumers\ConfigMgr

Notice that the Size is again cut off. You need to ensure that your output pane in ISE or the PowerShell console is wide enough to display all the fields or PowerShell will truncate the display – without telling you.

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