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Get-Culture [<CommonParameters>]

The Get-Culture cmdlet gets information about the current culture settings. This includes information about the current language settings on the system, such as the keyboard layout, and the display format of items such as numbers, currency, and dates.

You can also use the Get-UICulture cmdlet, which gets the current user interface culture on the system, and the Set-Culture ( in the International module. The user-interface (UI) culture determines which text strings are used for user interface elements, such as menus and messages.



This cmdlet supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug,ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, WarningAction, WarningVariable,OutBuffer, PipelineVariable, and OutVariable.

You cannot pipe input to this cmdlet.
Get-Culture returns an object that represents the current culture.
  1. Get culture settings:
    PS C:\> Get-Culture

    This command displays information about the regional settings on the computer.

  2. Format the properties of a culture object:
    PS C:\> $C = Get-Culture
    PS C:\> $C | Format-List -Property *
    Parent                         : en
    LCID                           : 1033
    KeyboardLayoutId               : 1033
    Name                           : en-US
    IetfLanguageTag                : en-US
    DisplayName                    : English (United States) NativeName                     : English (United States) EnglishName                    : English (United States) TwoLetterISOLanguageName       : en
    ThreeLetterISOLanguageName     : eng
    ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName : ENU
    CompareInfo                    : CompareInfo - 1033
    TextInfo                       : TextInfo - 1033
    IsNeutralCulture               : False
    CultureTypes                   : SpecificCultures, InstalledWin32Cultures, FrameworkCultures
    NumberFormat                   : System.Globalization.NumberFormatInfo
    DateTimeFormat                 : System.Globalization.DateTimeFormatInfo
    Calendar                       : System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar
    OptionalCalendars              : {System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar, System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar}
    UseUserOverride                : True
    IsReadOnly                     : False PS C:\> $C.Calendar
    MinSupportedDateTime : 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
    MaxSupportedDateTime : 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM
    AlgorithmType        : SolarCalendar
    CalendarType         : Localized
    Eras                 : {1}
    TwoDigitYearMax      : 2029
    IsReadOnly           : False PS C:\> $C.DateTimeFormat
    AMDesignator                     : AM
    Calendar                         : System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar
    DateSeparator                    : /
    FirstDayOfWeek                   : Sunday
    CalendarWeekRule                 : FirstDay
    FullDateTimePattern              : dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy h:mm:ss tt
    LongDatePattern                  : dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy
    LongTimePattern                  : h:mm:ss tt
    MonthDayPattern                  : MMMM dd
    PMDesignator                     : PM
    RFC1123Pattern                   : ddd, dd MMM yyyy HH':'mm':'ss 'GMT'
    ShortDatePattern                 : M/d/yyyy
    ShortTimePattern                 : h:mm tt
    SortableDateTimePattern          : yyyy'-'MM'-'dd'T'HH':'mm':'ss
    TimeSeparator                    : : UniversalSortableDateTimePattern : yyyy'-'MM'-'dd HH':'mm':'ss'Z'
    YearMonthPattern                 : MMMM, yyyy
    AbbreviatedDayNames              : {Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed...} ShortestDayNames                 : {Su, Mo, Tu, We...} DayNames                         : {Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...} AbbreviatedMonthNames            : {Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr...} MonthNames                       : {January, February, March, April...} IsReadOnly                       : False
    NativeCalendarName               : Gregorian Calendar
    AbbreviatedMonthGenitiveNames    : {Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr...} MonthGenitiveNames               : {January, February, March, April...} PS C:\> $C.DateTimeFormat.FirstDayOfWeek

    This example demonstrates the vast amount of data in the culture object. It shows how to display the properties and sub-properties of the object.

    The first command uses the Get-Culture cmdlet to get the current culture settings on the computer. It stores the resulting culture object in the $C variable.

    The second command displays all of the properties of the culture object. It uses a pipeline operator (|) to send the culture object in $C to the Format-List cmdlet. It uses the Property parameter to display all (*) properties of the object. This command can be abbreviated as `$c | fl *`.

    The remaining commands explore the properties of the culture object by using dot notation to display the values of the object properties. You can use this notation to display the value of any property of the object.

    The third command uses dot notation to display the value of the Calendar property of the culture object.

    The fourth command uses dot notation to display the value of the DataTimeFormat property of the culture object.

    Many object properties have properties. The fifth command uses dot notation to display the value of the FirstDayOfWeek property of the DateTimeFormat property.

Additional Notes
 * You can also use the $PsCulture and $PsUICulture variables. The $PsCulture variable stores the name of the 
 current culture and the $PsUICulture variable stores the name of the current UI culture.


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