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ActionPreference Enumeration


Updated: April 27, 2016

Applies To: Windows PowerShell

Defines the Action Preference options. These options determine what will happen when a particular type of event occurs. For example, setting shell variable ErrorActionPreference to "Stop" will cause the command to stop when an otherwise non-terminating error occurs.

Namespace:   System.Management.Automation
Assembly:  System.Management.Automation (in System.Management.Automation.dll)

public enum ActionPreference

Member nameDescription

Handle this event as normal and continue


Ignore the event completely (not even logging it to the target stream)


Ask whether to stop or continue


Ignore this event and continue


Stop the command


Suspend the command for further diagnosis. Supported only for workflows.

The actions that the Windows PowerShell runtime takes are also referred to as policies. For example, if a cmdlet ErrorAction parameter is set to SilentlyContinue, the cmdlet runs under a SilentlyContinue policy.

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