I am using the following code/function to add groups to a site:

function Create-SPGroupInWeb 
    param ($url, $groupName, $permissionLevel, $description)  
        $web = Get-SPWeb -Identity $url
        if($web -ne $null){
            if ($web.SiteGroups[$groupName] -ne $null)  
                write-Host -f red "Group $groupName already exists!"
                $web.SiteGroups.Add($groupName, $web.Site.Owner, $web.Site.Owner, $description)  
                $group = $web.SiteGroups[$groupName]  
                $roleAssignment = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPRoleAssignment($group)  
                $roleDefinition = $web.Site.RootWeb.RoleDefinitions[$permissionLevel]  
                write-Host "Group $groupName created successfully"

    catch [System.Exception]
        write-host -f red $_.Exception.ToString()

Create-SPGroupInWeb -url "http://my-webApp:port/" -groupName "New Group" -permissionLevel "Read" -description "My New Group Description"

Now, this works perfectly as is. However, this does not like it if I use HTML Code...

The Issue is: It creates the description as Plain Text...

Q) How do I get it to accept or convert the Description to HTML?

Original Script used from: Create Site Permission Groups and Add Users for SharePoint - Powershell

Sample Output Thanks

  • Where are you trying to add the HTML? At the Create-SPGroupInWeb part?
    – Brandon C.
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 13:18
  • Yes: e.g. Create-SPGroupInWeb -url "abc.com" -groupName "Group 1" -permissionLevel "Read" -description "This is my description with - <STRONG><U>My HTML Code</U></STRONG>"
    – RaveWolf
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 13:27

1 Answer 1


If your description is $description, you can try writing it as such.

$header = "<STRONG><U>"
$footer = "</U></STRONG>"
$myHTMLDescription = $description | ConvertTo-HTML -Fragment -PreContent $header -PostContent $footer | Out-String

If that doesn't work for you, take a look at these two links:



  • Yeah, of course! :)
    – Brandon C.
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 13:39
  • Thanks, but no luck. It doesn't swear at me so the script does whatever the script does without error, but doesn't do what I want it to do. :/ I added an Image (need to open in new tab).
    – RaveWolf
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 9:27
  • You could try taking a look here: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/… Although, I don't know if you want to edit the .aspx page
    – Brandon C.
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 9:39
  • OR you could try to write it as $myDescription = SPEncode.HtmlEncode($description) if that works for you.
    – Brandon C.
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 9:44
  • Still no luck. Decided to scrap that Idea for now, but will keep trying to find a solution. There might some stupid SP setting other than security that's preventing me from changing it. Thanks again for your Help. I will continue to update this post for future reference and knowledge sharing.
    – RaveWolf
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 11:46

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