Set Location - PowerShell


Set-Location is a dynamic shorthand command for navigating the file system in PowerShell. It quickly changes the current working directory to the path specified, allowing users to switch between directories conveniently.


Set-Location [-Path] <string> [-PassThru] [-LiteralPath <string>]


  • -Path: Specifies the destination path to change to.
  • -PassThru: Returns the updated location object.
  • -LiteralPath: Specifies the destination path as a literal path, without variable expansion or wildcard matching.


Simple Usage:

Set-Location C:\Users\username

Navigating Subdirectories:

Set-Location C:\Users\username\Documents\Projects

Using Variables:

$path = 'C:\Users\username\Documents\Projects'
Set-Location $path

Returning the Location Object:

$location = Set-Location -PassThru C:\Users\username\Documents\Projects

Common Issues

  • Invalid Path: Ensure the specified path is valid and exists.
  • Access Denied: Verify that the user has sufficient permissions to access the target directory.


  • Use Set-Location with Get-ChildItem to explore the contents of the current working directory.
  • Chain Set-Location with New-Item to create new files or directories in the current location.
  • Get-Location
  • New-Item
  • Remove-Item