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Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)

Updated: October 17, 2013

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

This topic provides an overview of the Windows PowerShell® Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE).

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Feature description

Windows PowerShell ISE is a host application that enables you to write, run, and test scripts and modules in a graphical and intuitive environment. Key features in Windows PowerShell ISE include syntax-coloring, tab completion, Intellisense, visual debugging, Unicode compliance, and context-sensitive Help. It provides a rich scripting experience.

Practical applications

To help you manage and automate your environment, Windows PowerShell ISE includes the following features:

  • The ability to run interactive commands in a console pane, just as you would in the Windows PowerShell console. Simply type a command, and then press ENTER.

  • The ability to create, edit, debug, and run functions, workflows, scripts, and modules in a script pane.

  • Multiple Windows PowerShell tabs, each with a console and script pane, to enable you to simultaneously work on several independent tasks.

  • The ability to edit text in complex scripts and right-to-left languages.

New and changed functionality

For a complete list of new features added in different releases of Windows PowerShell, see What's New in the Windows PowerShell ISE.

Requirements for running the Windows PowerShell ISE

Windows PowerShell ISE runs on the following operating systems.

 

Operating System Installation Method

Windows® 8.1

Windows PowerShell ISE 4.0 is installed by default.

Windows Server® 2012 R2

Windows PowerShell ISE 4.0 is installed by default.

Windows® 8

Windows PowerShell ISE 3.0 is installed by default. To upgrade it to version 4.0, you must upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. For more information see http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn303416.aspx in the Windows Server Technical Library.

Windows Server® 2012

Windows PowerShell ISE 3.0 is installed by default. To upgrade it to version 4.0, see Windows Management Framework 4.0 in the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows® 7

Windows PowerShell ISE 2.0 is installed by default. To upgrade it to version 4.0, see Windows Management Framework 4.0 in the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows Server® 2008 R2

Windows PowerShell ISE 2.0 is installed by using the Add Features Wizard or Server Manager cmdlets for Windows PowerShell. To upgrade it to the version 4.0, see Windows Management Framework 4.0 in the Microsoft Download Center.

noteNote:
Because Windows PowerShell ISE requires a user interface, it is not available on the Server Core installation option of Windows Server. You can add Windows PowerShell ISE to the full installation option of Windows Server by using the Add Roles and Features Wizard that is accessible from the Server Manager console, or by using Server Manager cmdlets for Windows PowerShell.

See also

For more information about using Windows PowerShell ISE, see the following resources.

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