Exploring the Windows PowerShell ISE

You can use the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) to create, run, and debug commands and scripts.

Screenshot of the full ISE window.

The Windows PowerShell ISE consists of the menu bar, Windows PowerShell tabs, the toolbar, script tabs, a Script Pane, a Console Pane, a status bar, a text-size slider and context-sensitive Help.

The menu bar contains the File, Edit, View, Tools, Debug, Add-ons, and Help menus.

Screenshot of the menu bar.

The buttons on the menus allow you to perform tasks related to writing and running scripts and running commands in the Windows PowerShell ISE. Additionally, an add-on tool may be placed on the menu bar by running scripts that use the The ISE Object Model Hierarchy.


Screenshot of the tool bar.

The following buttons are located on the toolbar.

Button Function
New Opens a new script.
Open Opens an existing script or file.
Save Saves a script or file.
Cut Cuts the selected text and copies it to the clipboard.
Copy Copies the selected text to the clipboard.
Paste Pastes the contents of the clipboard at the cursor location.
Clear Console Pane Clears all content in the Console Pane.
Undo Reverses the action that was just performed.
Redo Performs the action that was just undone.
Run Script Runs a script.
Run Selection Runs a selected portion of a script.
Stop Operation Stops a script that's running.
New Remote PowerShell Tab Creates a new PowerShell Tab that establishes a session on a remote computer. A dialog box appears and prompts you to enter details required to establish the remote connection.
Start PowerShell.exe Opens a PowerShell Console.
Show Script Pane Top Moves the Script Pane to the top in the display.
Show Script Pane Right Moves the Script Pane to the right in the display.
Show Script Pane Maximized Maximizes the Script Pane.
Show Command Window Shows the Commands Pane for installed Modules, as a separate Window.
Show Command Add-on Shows the Commands Pane for installed Modules, as a sidebar Add-on.

Windows PowerShell Tabs

Screenshot of the Windows PowerShell tabs.

A Windows PowerShell tab is the environment in which a Windows PowerShell script runs. You can open new Windows PowerShell tabs in the Windows PowerShell ISE to create separate environments on your local computer or on remote computers. You may have a maximum of eight PowerShell tabs simultaneously open.

For more information, see How to Create a PowerShell Tab in Windows PowerShell ISE.

Script Tab

Screenshot of the script tabs.

Displays the name of the script you are editing. You can click a script tab to select the script you want to edit.

When you point to the script tab, the fully qualified path to the script file appears in a tooltip.

Script Pane

Screenshot of the panes and status bar.

Allows you to create and run scripts. You can open, edit and run existing scripts in the Script Pane. For more information, see How to Write and Run Scripts in the Windows PowerShell ISE.

Console Pane

Displays the results of the commands and scripts you have run. You can run commands in the Console pane. You can also copy and clear the contents in the Console Pane.

For more information, see the following articles:

Status Bar

Allows you to see whether the commands and scripts that you run are complete. The status bar is at the bottom of the window. Selected portions of error messages are displayed on the status bar.

Text-Size Slider

Increases or decreases the size of the text on the screen.


Help for Windows PowerShell ISE is available on Microsoft Learn. You can open the Help by clicking Windows PowerShell ISE Help on the Help menu or by pressing the F1 key anywhere except when the cursor is on a cmdlet name in either the Script Pane or the Console Pane. From the Help menu you can also run the Update-Help cmdlet, and display the Command Window which assists you in constructing commands by showing you all the parameters for a cmdlet and enabling you to fill in the parameters in an easy-to-use form.

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