How to sort PowerShell Format-List result?


How to get the result of this cmd but sorted:

Get-Recipient -RecipientType MailContact -Identity "UserName" | fl
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You can't. You don't. You're not supposed to.
The Format-* cmdlets are (usually) meant to be the last element of the pipeline. They only format the output, basically destroying the original objects.
The solution: sort before the Format-* cmdlets.
Get-Recipient -RecipientType MailContact -Identity "UserName" | Sort-Object -Property Whatever | Format-List

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SAM2009Author Commented:
No it doesn't sort. Same result.
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Of course you need to tell which property to use for sorting. "Whatever" is a placeholder ;-).
Well, it would sort, but it could be that you selected a property that's not sortable.
Then you can go a similar route like with calculated properties: pass a hash table with an expression that creates the value on which to sort.
Example: sort the Windows directory based on the second character in the name:
Get-ChildItem C:\Windows | Sort-Object -Property @{e={$_.Name[1]}}

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Try something like
Get-Recipient -RecipientType MailContact -Identity "UserName" | Sort-Object -Property @{e={"$($_.Whatever)"}} | Format-List

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