Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Navigating the ISE
When exploring the ISE, you will notice some familiar menus. We will be referring to the
annotated screen shot shown in Figure 9-15 as we look at some of the new features in the
Along the top is the menu. In the screen shot, it is circled and labeled 1. Like any traditional
menu, the menu allows you to access tools, debug scripts, open and save scripts, and
configure the view of the ISE.
The next feature, which is labeled 2, shows the tabs of the ISE. The tabs enable you to have
multiple scripts open at once.
An additional area to point out is the Command Pane. The Command Pane allows you to
interactively issue commands similar to issuing commands in the traditional Windows
PowerShell Command Prompt window. It also features IntelliSense, which is labeled 3 in Figure
9-15. As an example, notice that when we typed the first few characters of a cmdlet, in this
case Get-H , IntelliSense produced a fly-out menu after the letter H and listed the cmdlets
that begin with Get-H. This feature should be familiar to developers accustomed to the
Microsoft Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
Next, notice that as we hold the mouse cursor over a cmdlet in the Intellisense menu, the
parameters and methods associated with the cmdlet are exposed in a secondary menu.
These features are not limited to just the Command Pane. They are also available in the
Scripting Pane, as shown in Figure 9-16.
Figure 9-16 Intellisense in the Scripting Pane.
Another feature that is useful is the Command Add-on library. You can enable the
Command Add-on pane by clicking the icon located on the toolbar, as shown in Figure 9-17.