[Solved] How to run a PowerShell command silently?

I want to execute a PowerShell command silently
with no blue screen.

How can I do this from the PowerShell command?

I tried this. . .

PowerShell.exe -windowstyle hidden 

but it didn’t work—the command was executed but with the blue screen still.

Solution #1:

Run a PowerShell Command Silently from a Prompt

As stated. . .

You can use PowerShell.exe to start a PowerShell session from the
command line of another tool, such as Cmd.exe, or use it at the
PowerShell command line to start a new session. Use the parameters to
customize the session.


Sets the window style for the session. Valid values are Normal,
Minimized, Maximized and Hidden.


Executes the specified commands (and any parameters) as though they
were typed at the PowerShell command prompt, and then exits, unless
the NoExit parameter is specified. Essentially, any text after
-Command is sent as a single command line to PowerShell


powershell -windowstyle hidden -command <PowerShell Command String>

Verifiable Examples

1. Command Prompt (cmd)

powershell -windowstyle hidden -command get-childitem -path c: ^| out-file "C:FolderLoglog.txt"

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Note: With cmd the [|] pipe symbol needs escaped with the [^] caret symbol so “^|“.

2. PowerShell Prompt

powershell -windowstyle hidden -command get-childitem -path c: | out-file "C:FolderLoglog.txt"

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Note: After running, open log.txt to verify its content since out-file directs it the output.

Further Resources

Solution #2:

Not sure where I picked these lines up at but some nice functions to show and hide the console.

Show/Hide Powershell Window

Function Show-Console {
$consolePtr = [Console.Window]::GetConsoleWindow()
[Console.Window]::ShowWindow($consolePtr, 5)

Function Hide-Console {
$consolePtr = [Console.Window]::GetConsoleWindow()
[Console.Window]::ShowWindow($consolePtr, 0)

I use it for my gui apps when I want to hide the ps in background:

Map: Show/Hide Powershell Windows Checkbox

Respondent: Hyperlite1215

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