beginner copy

So I am a total beginner in programming. How do I use powershell to copy a file from the desktop to another directory? I dont understand where the working directory is supposed to be, is it at the receiving end or what? I want to move a file from one directory to another without them necessarily being siblings, so to speak. Excuse the confused question that reflects my confused mind.

Forgive me, I’m not going to tell you how to do it.

What I will do is show you how you can find out how to do it. PowerShell has a powerful help system which allows you to discover commands (which PowerShell calls cmdlets) and how to use them. A good starting point for you would be the command

Get-Help copy

This will search the help files for all references to ‘copy’. From those results, you should be able to work out which command you can use to copy items (that’s a hint!) from one location to another. PowerShell provides examples of how to use the commands and you can see those with

Get-Help Cmdlet-Name -Examples

Let us know how you get on.

Matt’s right in this respect, it’s not at all a complicated process. But you really should learn the tools that are going to consistently help you on your PowerShell journey. Get-Help and Get-Member will be your best friends on this path. Then there’s always Bing and Google.

Thanks for…hmm. Ok, so I used the copy-item command:
copy-item -path -destination and it seems that I managed to copy the file. However when I want tolook at this textfile with teh command more I am denied access.
What say you?

Do you have read permissions on the file in its new location? Can you browse to it and open it in notepad?