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Using Windows PowerShell ISE

Published: May 20, 2009

Updated: August 9, 2012

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0, Windows PowerShell 3.0

The Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) is a host application for Windows PowerShell. In Windows PowerShell ISE, you can run commands and write, test, and debug scripts in a single Windows graphic user interface with multiline editing, tab completion, syntax coloring, selective execution, context-sensitive Help, and support for right-to-left languages. It also includes up to eight sessions. You can customize the appearance of the Windows PowerShell ISE. The Windows PowerShell ISE also has its own Windows PowerShell profile, where you can store the functions, aliases, variables, and commands you use in the Windows PowerShell ISE.

To start Windows PowerShell ISE

  1. In Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and later versions of Windows, from the Start menu, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click the Windows PowerShell folder, and then click the Windows PowerShell ISE item.

  2. In Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, to start Windows PowerShell, from the Start menu, click Start, click Programs, click Accessories, click the Windows PowerShell folder, and then click the Windows PowerShell ISE item.

  3. In the Windows PowerShell console, Cmd.exe, or in the Run box, type "powershell_ise.exe”.

To get Help in Windows PowerShell ISE

  • From the Help menu of the Windows PowerShell ISE, click Windows PowerShell Help, or press F1.

    The file that opens describes Windows PowerShell ISE and Windows PowerShell, including all the Help available from the Get-Help cmdlet.



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