PSScriptPad

PSScriptPad is the tiny editor for Windows PowerShell and PowerShell 7. It requires no installation or configuration. It weighs in around 4Mbs, can edit, execute and debug PowerShell scripts, design Windows Forms, WPF Windows, and Package Executables.

Download

You can download PSScriptPad from our website. It is just a .exe file.

PowerShell Versions

PSScriptPad allows you to select the PowerShell version. The dropdown on the top of the window can be used to select the PS version.

Integrated Version

The integrated version uses the PowerShell host within PSScriptPad rather than starting an external PowerShell process.

Editing PowerShell

PSScriptPad supports editing PowerShell scripts. It supports syntax highlighting, syntax checking, IntelliSense and code folding.

Creating a New PowerShell File

Click the New File button on the toolbar to create a new file.

Opening a PowerShell Script

Click the Open File button on the toolbar to open a script.

IntelliSense

IntelliSense is automatically invoked. It will complete PowerShell cmdlet names, variables, paths, and parameter names. You can also press Ctrl+Space to manually invoke IntelliSense. As you type, the IntelliSense list will be filtered. Pressing tab will select and insert the current option.

Code Folding

Code Folding collapses blocks of PowerShell script that you wish to hide. You can collapse blocks such as if blocks, script blocks and functions blocks. Just click the minus and plus sign to close and open blocks.

PSScriptAnalyzer Support

PSScriptPad will show PSScriptAnalyzer warnings if it is installed. You can customize your PSScriptAnalyzer settings by placing a configuration file in $Env:AppData\PowerShell Pro Tools\PSScriptAnalyzerSettings.psd1.

Debugging

PSScriptPad can also debug PowerShell scripts. It supports executing scripts, setting breakpoints, stepping through scripts and viewing the output of scripts in the terminal window.

Setting a breakpoint

You can set breakpoints by clicking in the editor margin or by using the F9 button to toggle a breakpoint on the selected line.

Set a breakpoint

Running a Script

You can run a script by clicking the Run button or by pressing F5. It will run the currently open tab.

Run a script

Stepping through a script

You can single step through a script using the following keys:

  • F10 - Step over

  • F11 - Step Into

  • Shift+F11 - Step Out

Stepping in a script

Packaging Scripts

PSScriptPad can package scripts to executables using package.psd1 files or by selecting a PS1 file and packaging with the default settings.

Packaging Without a Package.PSD1 file

You can select an PS1 file and click the package button and the script will be packaged into an executable. Results of the packaging process will be shown within the Console.

Package Script

Packaging with a Package.PSD1 File

Package.psd1 files allow you to configure all the settings for the packaging process. You can create a package.psd1 file and then when you click the Package button, it will use that file for configuration.

Package.PSD1

Windows Form Designer

The Windows Form Designer allows you to create forms with PowerShell scripts.

Creating a new Form

You can create a new form by click the drop arrow next to the new file button and click New Windows Form.

New Windows Form

Adding Controls to a Form

You can add controls to a form by expanding the toolbox pane, clicking the control you'd like to add and then clicking on the form.

Adding Controls to a Form

Setting Properties of Controls

You can set the properties of a control by selecting the control and then modifying properties in the Properties pane.

Set Properties of a Control

Setting Event Handlers

You can set event handlers for a control by selecting the control, clicking the lightening bolt icon in the Properties pane and then typing the name of the event handler for the event you'd like to hook up. After saving the form, you can view the code-behind file to define what happens when the event takes place.

Setting an Event Handler

Running a Form

You can run a form by open the PS1 file for your form and pressing F5 or by clicking the run button.

Running a Form

WPF Designer

The WPF designer allows you to visually create WPF forms. You can use the inline editor to adjust properties of the form and see it update in real time. You can then use the XAML in your PowerShell scripts.

Create a WPF Form

Click the New WPF Form button to create a new WPF form. It will open the WPF designer.

WPF Editor in PSScriptPad

Editing the Form

You can use the inline XAML editor to adjust properties of controls and add new ones. For example, you can add a button to your form by including the following XAML.

<Button>Click Me</Button>

Setting Control Properties

You can use the Property window to set properties of a control. To do so, select the control you'd like to modify and then set the specified property in the Property window. The designer and XAML will update after you press Enter .

Setting Properties of a Window

Integrating with PowerShell

Depending on the PowerShell host, you may need to load the WPF framework.

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("PresentationFramework") | Out-Null

XAML can be loaded directly with PowerShell using WPF classes. To load a WPF form from XAML, you can use the Import-Xaml function below.

function Import-Xaml {
[xml]$xaml = Get-Content -Path $PSScriptRoot\WpfWindow.xaml
$manager = New-Object System.Xml.XmlNamespaceManager -ArgumentList $xaml.NameTable
$manager.AddNamespace("x", "http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml");
$xamlReader = New-Object System.Xml.XmlNodeReader $xaml
[Windows.Markup.XamlReader]::Load($xamlReader)
}

To show the form, you can load the XAML, store the result in a variable and then call ShowDialog.

$Window = Import-Xaml
$Window.ShowDialog()

You can configure event handlers by selecting the controls and then add script blocks to the events. You will need to ensure that you have names provided for your controls. For example, the XAML below defines a button with the name Button.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
<Window xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008" xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006" mc:Ignorable="d" x:Name="wpfWindow" Background="White" Title="WPF Window">
<Button x:Name="Button">Click</Button>
</Window>

To select the button in PowerShell, you can use the Window's FindName method.

$Button = $Window.FindName('Button')

To set an event handler, like a button click, you can then use add_Click on the button.

$Button.add_Click({
# Script Here
})

Options

Context Menu

Add an Open with PSScriptPad context menu item to Windows Explorer so you can right click on PS1 files and open them in the editor.

Font Size

Set the font size for the terminal and code editor windows.

Override Execution Policy

Set the execution policy for PSScriptPad to Bypass.

Themes

You can switch between dark and light themes using the options dialog.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Action

Used In

Ctrl+S

Save

Script, Form Designers

F5

Start Debugging or Continue

Script

F8

Execute Selection

Script

F9

Toggle Breakpoint

Script

F10

Step Over

Script

F11

Step Into

Script

Shift+F11

Step Out

Script

Ctrl+F

Find

Script, Console

F3

Find Next

Script, Console

Shift+F3

Find Previous

Script, Console

Ctrl+C

Copy

Script, Console

Ctrl+X

Cut

Script, Console

Ctrl+V

Paste

Script, Console

Ctrl+H

Replace

Script, Console

Ctrl+Z

Undo

Script, Console

Ctrl+Y

Redo

Script, Console

Ctrl++

Zoom In

Script, Console

Ctrl+-

Zoom Out

Script, Console