Let’s start with the simplest scenario first. If all you want is the current date and time then simply call Get-Date without any additional parameters:

In return, you’ll get back something similar to this:

Ah, but suppose you want only the date, not the date and the time? Then just use the -displayhint parameter and specify date:

Or, if you’d prefer just the time:

You can also use Get-Date to create a date-time object for any date/time. For example, this command creates a variable named $A that maps to 12:00 AM on May 1, 2006:

What’s that? You need to map $A to 7:00 AM on May 1, 2015? Why not:

Get-Date also includes a number of methods for doing some handy-dandy date arithmetic:

  • AddSeconds
  • AddMinutes
  • AddHours
  • AddDays
  • AddMonths
  • AddYears

Need to know the date/time 137 minutes from now? This command will show you: