Clear ItemProperty - PowerShell


The Clear-ItemProperty command in PowerShell removes specific properties or all properties associated with a file or folder, including its metadata. It allows users to cleanse item properties, such as timestamps and custom attributes, to maintain data privacy, manage storage space, or conform to specific requirements.


Clear-ItemProperty [-Path] <String[]> [-Name] <String[]> [-Force] [-PassThru] [-Recurse] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]


  • -Path: Specifies the path to the file(s) or folder(s) where properties need to be cleared. Multiple paths can be specified using the pipeline.
  • -Name: Specifies the name(s) of the property(ies) to be cleared. Use wildcards to remove multiple properties.
  • -Force: Suppresses confirmation prompts and clears properties without user interaction.
  • -PassThru: Returns the modified item object after clearing the properties.
  • -Recurse: Recursively clears properties in all subfolders.
  • -WhatIf: Shows what the command would do without actually executing it.
  • -Confirm: Prompts for confirmation before clearing properties.


Simple: Clear the “Created” property of the file “myFile.txt”:

Clear-ItemProperty -Path myFile.txt -Name Created

Complex: Recursively remove all properties from all files in the “Documents” folder:

Clear-ItemProperty -Path Documents -Recurse

Common Issues

  • Access Denied: Ensure you have sufficient permissions to modify the properties of the specified items.
  • Property Not Found: Confirm that the specified property name exists and is not a system property.
  • Unable to Clear System Property: System properties, such as “Name” and “Extension,” cannot be cleared.


Clear-ItemProperty can be used in conjunction with other cmdlets to automate file and folder management tasks. Here’s an example of a script that removes all properties from CSV files in a specific directory:

$files = Get-ChildItem -Path C:\files -Filter *.csv
ForEach ($file in $files) { Clear-ItemProperty -Path $file.FullName -PassThru }
  • Get-ItemProperty: Retrieves properties associated with files or folders.
  • Set-ItemProperty: Sets or modifies property values of files or folders.
  • New-ItemProperty: Creates new properties for files or folders.