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Accessibility in Windows PowerShell ISE

Updated: October 17, 2013

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0, Windows PowerShell 3.0, Windows PowerShell 4.0

This topic describes the accessibility features of Windows PowerShell® Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) that you might find helpful.

How to change the size and location of the Console and Script Panes
 
Keyboard shortcuts for editing text
 
Keyboard shortcuts for running scripts
 
Keyboard shortcuts for customizing the view
 
Keyboard shortcuts for debugging scripts
 
Keyboard shortcuts for Windows PowerShell tabs
 
Keyboard shortcuts for starting and exiting
 

Microsoft is committed to making its products and services easier for everyone to use. The following topics provide information about the features, products, and services that make Windows PowerShell ISE more accessible for people with disabilities.

Windows PowerShell ISE supports high contrast mode. For the visually impaired, breakpoint information is available through the cmdlets for managing breakpoints, such as Get-PSBreakpoint and Set-PSBreakpoint. For more information please see “How to manage breakpoints” in How to Debug Scripts in the Windows PowerShell ISE. In addition to accessibility features and utilities in Microsoft Windows, the following features make Windows PowerShell ISE more accessible for people with disabilities:

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Syntax Coloring Table and the ability to modify several other color settings using the $psISE.Options scripting object.

  • Text Size Change

How to change the size and location of the Console and Script Panes

You can use the following steps to change the size and location of the Console Pane and the Script Pane. When you open the Windows PowerShell ISE again, the size and location changes you made will be retained.

To resize the Script Pane and Console Pane

  1. Pause the pointer on the split line between the Script Pane and Console Pane.

  2. When the mouse pointer changes to a two-headed arrow, drag the border to change the size of the pane.

To move the Script Pane and Console Pane

Do one of the following:

  • To move the Script Pane above the Command and Output Panes, press CTRL+1 or, on the toolbar, click the Show Script Pane Top icon, or in the View menu, click Show Script Pane Top.

  • To move the Script Pane to the right of the Console Pane, press CTRL+2 or, on the toolbar, click the Show Script Pane Right icon, or in the View menu, click Show Script Pane Right.

  • To maximize the Script Pane, press CTRL+3 or, on the toolbar, click the Show Script Pane Maximized icon, or in the View menu, click Show Script Pane Maximized.

  • To maximize the Console Pane and hide the Script Pane, on the far right edge of the row of tabs, click the Hide Script Pane icon, in the View menu, click to deselect the Show Script Pane menu option.

  • To display the Script Pane when the Console Pane is maximized, on the far right edge of the row of tabs, click the Show Script Pane icon, or in the View menu, click to select the Show Script Pane menu option.

Keyboard shortcuts for editing text

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when you edit text.

 

Action Keyboard Shortcuts Use in

Copy

CTRL+C

Script Pane, Command Pane, Output Pane

Cut

CTRL+X

Script Pane, Command Pane

Find in Script

CTRL+F

Script Pane

Find Next in Script

F3

Script Pane

Find Previous in Script

SHIFT+F3

Script Pane

Paste

CTRL+V

Script Pane, Command Pane

Redo

CTRL+Y

Script Pane, Command Pane

Replace in Script

CTRL+H

Script Pane

Save

CTRL+S

Script Pane

Select All

CTRL+A

Script Pane, Command Pane, Output Pane

Undo

CTRL+Z

Script Pane, Command Pane

Keyboard shortcuts for running scripts

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when you run scripts in the Script Pane.

 

Action Keyboard Shortcut

New

CTRL+N

Open

CTRL+O

Run

F5

Run Selection

F8

Stop Execution

CTRL+BREAK. CTRL+C can be used when the context is unambiguous (when there is no text selected).

Tab (to next script)

CTRL+TAB

noteNote:
Tab to next script works only when you have a single PowerShell tab open, or when you have more than one PowerShell tab open, but the focus is in the Script Pane.

Tab (to previous script)

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

noteNote:
Tab to previous script works when you have only one PowerShell tab open, or if you have more than one PowerShell tab open, and the focus is in the Script Pane.

Keyboard shortcuts for customizing the view

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to customize the view in Windows PowerShell ISE. They are accessible from all the panes in the application.

 

Action Keyboard Shortcut

Go to Command Pane

CTRL+D

Go to Output Pane

CTRL+SHIFT+O

Go to Script Pane

CTRL+I

Show Script Pane

CTRL+R

Hide Script Pane

CTRL+R

 

Move Script Pane Up

CTRL+1

Move Script Pane Right

CTRL+2

Maximize Script Pane

CTRL+3

Zoom In

CTRL+PLUS SIGN

Zoom Out

CTRL+MINUS SIGN

Keyboard shortcuts for debugging scripts

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when you debug scripts.

 

Action Keyboard Shortcut Use in

Run/Continue

F5

Script Pane, when debugging a script

Step Into

F11

Script Pane, when debugging a script

Step Over

F10

Script Pane, when debugging a script

Step Out

SHIFT+F11

Script Pane, when debugging a script

Display Call Stack

CTRL+SHIFT+D

Script Pane, when debugging a script

List Breakpoints

CTRL+SHIFT+L

Script Pane, when debugging a script

Toggle Breakpoint

F9

Script Pane, when debugging a script

Remove All Breakpoints

CTRL+SHIFT+F9

Script Pane, when debugging a script

Stop Debugger

SHIFT+F5

Script Pane, when debugging a script

noteNote:
You can also use the keyboard shortcuts designed for the Windows PowerShell console when you debug scripts in Windows PowerShell ISE. To use these shortcuts, you must type the shortcut in the Command Pane and press ENTER.

 

Action Keyboard Shortcut Use in

Continue

C

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Step Into

S

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Step Over

V

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Step Out

O

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Repeat Last Command (for Step Into or Step Over)

ENTER

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Display Call Stack

K

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Stop Debugging

Q

Command Pane, when debugging a script

List the Script

L

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Display Console Debugging Commands

H or ?

Command Pane, when debugging a script

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows PowerShell tabs

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when you use Windows PowerShell tabs.

 

Action Keyboard Shortcut

Close PowerShell Tab

CTRL+W

New PowerShell Tab

CTRL+T

Previous PowerShell tab

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB. This shortcut works only when no files are open on any PowerShell tab.

Next Windows PowerShell tab

CTRL+TAB. This shortcut works only when no files are open on any PowerShell tab.

Keyboard shortcuts for starting and exiting

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to start the Windows PowerShell console (PowerShell.exe) or to exit Windows PowerShell ISE.

 

Action Keyboard Shortcut

Exit

ALT+F4

Start PowerShell.exe (Windows PowerShell console)

CTRL+SHIFT+P

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