PowerShell Studio 2017: Service Release v5.4.137

Today we released a new build of PowerShell Studio 2017 (v5.4.137). In this build we added a number of new features, including some user requests, and made some improvements on existing features.


New Features

Git Ignore Filter for Projects

For those of you who use Git, we added a new option to project creation that includes a .gitignore file prefilled with filters for PowerShell Studio’s temporary files.

New Project Ignore Git

If you have an existing project, you can insert a .gitignore file using the Project panel context menu.

Add Git Ignore

If the project file already contains a .gitignore file, it will automatically append the project temporary file filters to the existing file.

Create Project from Existing Module

Do you have an existing module that you wish to edit in PowerShell Studio, but don’t have a project? No problem, the new Create Project from Existing Module command will create a PowerShell Studio Module Project to use for your existing script module.

Create Project For Existing Module

When you use the command, it will ask you to select the module’s psm1 or psd1 file.

Select Module

You are then presented with the following dialog.

New Project From Module

The New Project From Module dialog provides the following options:

Copy the module to a separate project directory

The project will be created in a separate project folder and the module’s contents will be copied over to the new project’s folder. This folder location is determined by the Location field.

It is recommended to make a copy of the module for the project, especially if the module is located in My Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules folder. The project will build and export the module to My Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules folder for you.

Create the module in the module’s directory

When selected, the project will be created in the same directory as the module. If the module is located in the My Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules folder, PowerShell Studio will not allow you to export the module in order to prevent accidental overwriting of existing files.

Create project folder

When checked, PowerShell Studio will create a subfolder using the module’s name in the Location path.

Include Git ignore file for temporary project files

When checked, PowerShell Studio will create a .gitingore file, for Git source control, that filters out any temporary project files.


After selecting your options, press the Create Project button and PowerShell Studio will create the project for your existing module.

Note: If the project doesn’t contain an existing manifest psd1 or a psm1 file, PowerShell Studio will automatically create one for you.


Set Manifest’s Module Version via the Properties Panel

With this build, you can now modify a module manifest’s ModuleVersion directly from the Properties panel. You can do this by selecting the psd1 file in the Project panel and then use the Properties panel to edit the version.

ModuleVersion via Properties Panel

With this feature, you no longer need to open the manifest to edit the module’s version.


Collapsing Strings

We added another requested feature, which is the ability to collapse multi-line strings in the editor.

Collapsable Strings

You can also choose to include strings when using the Collapse All and Expand All commands.

Include Strings


Find / Replace Dialog History

As per your request, we included a history for the Find / Replace dialog. You can now access your find history via a dropdown list within the Find What field.

Find Replace History

Add Save Commands to Document Tab Context Menu

As per your request, we added the save commands to the document tab context menu.

Save in Document ContextMenu


Updated Features

Improved Splatting Support

Last service release we introduced the new Splat Command feature.

Splat Command

We improved the Splat Command so that it takes into account commands that are part of an existing statement, such as an assignment or piping, without breaking the structure of the statement.

Splatted Commands

The parameters hashtable name now incorporates the command’s name in order to help prevent conflicts when splatting multiple commands within a single pipe statement.


PrimalSense and Environmental variables

PowerShell Studio will now evaluate environmental variables in order to provide PrimalSense for folders and file paths.

Path PrimalSense with Environmental Variables



Please continue providing your feedback. Many of the new features included in the service builds are suggestions from users like you. Therefore, if you have any suggestions or feature requests, please share them with us on our Wish List and Feature Requests forum.