Using Get-ChildItem -Exclude or -Include returns nothing

I have a list in my C: directory that has many files. If I try to run an -Exclude on it, I get no returns. Same with -Include. If I use -Filter, it returns what I expected to get back. Am I not understanding what it should be doing?

Here is an example of what I am running and getting nothing:

Get-ChildItem -Path C: -Exclude "*.txt"

I get nothing back. If I run

Get-Childitem -filter "*.txt"

I get this back:

  Mode                LastWriteTime         Length Name                                                                               
----                -------------         ------ ----                                                                               
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          17734 eula.1028.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          17734 eula.1031.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          10134 eula.1033.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          17734 eula.1036.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          17734 eula.1040.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM            118 eula.1041.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          17734 eula.1042.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          17734 eula.2052.txt                                                                      
-a----        11/7/2007   8:00 AM          17734 eula.3082.txt                                                                      
               7/7/2016   8:50 AM             93 HaxLogs.txt                                                                        
-a----         7/8/2016   8:30 AM              0 Test.txt 


  • Get-ChildItem -Path "C:\*" -Include "*.txt"

    This example, of how -Include should work, will give you the results you were expecting. Note that I provided a wildcard in the path parameter as well, to explicitly define the path as "any file in the root C:" as opposed to "C:" itself.

    Source: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh849800.aspx

    Example 3 from this link, in case it goes defunct (note the wildcard in path here, as well):

    C:\> Get-ChildItem –Path "C:\Windows\Logs\*" -Include "*.txt" -Exclude "A*"