# #PSTip Swapping the value of two variables

In most programming languages the conventional way to swap the value of two variable is to use a third variable.

```
PS> $a=1
PS> $b=2
PS> $temp = $a
PS> $a = $b
PS> $b = $temp
PS> "`$a=$a,`$b=$b"
$a=2,$b=1
```

In Windows PowerShell it is much easier. We can use multiple assignments to perform the same operation in less code and without a third variable.

```
PS> $a=1
PS> $b=2
PS> $a,$b = $b,$a
PS> "`$a=$a,`$b=$b"
$a=2,$b=1
```

You can also swap multiple variables. In the following example, *$a* will swap its value with *$c*, *$b* will swap its value with *$d*, and so on and so forth.

```
PS> $a=1
PS> $b=2
PS> $c=3
PS> $d=4
PS> $a,$b,$d,$c = $c,$d,$a,$b
PS> "`$a=$a,`$b=$b,`$c=$c,`$d=$d"
$a=3,$b=4,$c=2,$d=1
```

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