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    Describes the features and system requirements of Windows PowerShell 
    Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). 


    Windows PowerShell ISE is a graphical host application for Windows 
    PowerShell. In Windows PowerShell ISE, you can run commands and write, 
    test, and debug scripts in a single Windows-based graphical user 
    interface. Its features include Intellisense, multiline editing, tab 
    completion, auto-save, syntax coloring, selective execution,  
    context-sensitive help, Show Command (compose commands in a window) 
    and support for double-byte character sets and right-to-left languages.  
    Windows PowerShell ISE is an excellent tool for beginners. The Show 
    Command window and New Remote PowerShell Tab guide you through tasks 
    so that you can be successful on the first try. Snippets and error  
    indicators help you learn the Windows PowerShell language as you work. 
    Advanced users can take advantage of the sophisticated debugging 
    features, add-ons, and the Windows PowerShell ISE object model. 
 What's New in Windows PowerShell ISE in Windows PowerShell 4.0 
    Windows PowerShell ISE introduces two new features in Windows 
    PowerShell 4.0. 
    -- Windows PowerShell ISE now supports both Windows PowerShell 
       Workflow debugging and remote script debugging. For more 
       Information, see about_Debuggers. 
    -- IntelliSense support has been added for Windows PowerShell Desired 
       State Configuration providers and configurations. 
Starting Windows PowerShell ISE 
    Windows PowerShell ISE is installed, enabled, and ready to use in all 
    supported versions of Windows. 
    - In Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 
      2012, on the Start screen, type PowerShell_ISE, and then click 
      PowerShell_ISE or Windows PowerShell ISE.  
    - In Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012, in Server Manager, 
      on the Tools  menu, click Windows PowerShell ISE. 
    - In earlier versions of Windows, click Start, All Programs, Accessories, 
      Windows PowerShell, and then click Windows PowerShell ISE. 
    - In a Windows PowerShell console, Cmd.exe, or the Run or Search box 
      in Windows, type "PowerShell_ise.exe". You can also use the command-line 
      parameters, including the NoProfile switch. For more information, see  
      PowerShell_ISE.exe Console Help  
 Running Interactive Commands 
    You can run any Windows PowerShell expression or command in Windows 
    PowerShell ISE. You can use cmdlets, providers, snap-ins, and modules as 
    you would use them in the Windows PowerShell console. 
    You can type or paste interactive commands in the Console pane. To run the 
    commands, you can use buttons, menu items, and keyboard shortcuts.  
    You can use the multiline editing feature to type or paste several lines 
    of code into the Console pane at once. When you press the UP ARROW key to 
    recall the previous command, all the lines in the command are recalled.  
    When you type commands, press SHIFT+ENTER to make a new blank line appear 
    under the current line. 
 Viewing Output 
    The results of commands and scripts are displayed in the Console pane. You 
    can move or copy the results from the Console pane by using keyboard  
    shortcuts or the Copy button on the toolbar, and you can paste the results 
    in the Script pane or Console panes or other programs. To clear the Console 
    pane, click the "Clear Output Pane" button or type one  of the following  
 Writing Scripts and Functions 
    In the Script pane, you can open, compose, edit, and run scripts. The  
    Script pane lets you edit scripts by using buttons and keyboard shortcuts. 
    You can also copy, cut, and paste text between the Script pane and the  
    Console pane. 
    You can use the selective run feature to run all or part of a script. To  
    run part of a script, select the text you want to run, and then click the 
    Run Selection button or press F8. By default, F8 runs the current line. 
    Advanced editing features include brace-matching, expand-collapse, line 
    numbers, error indicators, block editing and indenting, rich copy, and case 
 Getting Help 
    Windows PowerShell ISE includes help topics that describe its use. In 
    addition, all installed help files are accessible from the Script and Command 
    Windows PowerShell ISE also supports context-sensitive help. To get help about 
    a particular cmdlet, provider, or keyword, place the cursor in the name of the 
    item and press F1. To search the help topics, press F1 and type the search term. 
    To update the help topics on the computer, use the Update Windows PowerShell  
    Help item in the Help menu. This item updates help for the modules in the current 
    session in the current UI culture. It is equivalent to running the Update-Help 
    cmdlet without parameters. To update help for the cmdlets that come with Windows 
    PowerShell, start Windows PowerShell ISE with the "Run as administrator" option. 
    You can also use the Get-Help, Save-Help, and Update-Help cmdlets in Windows 
    PowerShell ISE, just as you use it in the Windows PowerShell console. However, 
    in Windows PowerShell ISE, the Help function displays the entire help topic, 
    not one page at a  time. 
 Debugging Scripts 
    You can use the Windows PowerShell ISE debugger to debug a Windows 
    PowerShell script or function. When you debug a script, you can use menu 
    items and shortcut keys to perform many of the same tasks that you would 
    perform in the Windows PowerShell console. For example, to set a line 
    breakpoint in a script, right-click the line of code, and then click 
    Toggle Breakpoint.  
    As you step through a script while debugging, the debugging highlighter 
    shows precisely which part of the command is running and automatically 
    opens files that include called functions and scripts. 
    By default, the Toggle Breakpoint menu item sets a breakpoint on an 
    entire line in a script, but you can set a breakpoint on a variable 
    or command name. You can also set a breakpoint on a command by line 
    and column number, making it easier to debug long pipeline commands. 
    Often, you can debug syntax errors in a script just by opening the  
    script file in Windows PowerShell ISE. The error indicators identify 
    syntax errors and the outlining features let you collapse parts of the 
    script to focus on trouble spots. 
    You can also use the Windows PowerShell debugger cmdlets in the Command  
    pane just as you would use them in the console. 
 Running Remote Commands 
    The New Remote PowerShell Tab feature makes it easy to establish a  
    persistent user-managed Windows PowerShell session ("PSSession") to 
    the local computer or a remote computer. The command opens a pop-up 
    window that prompts you for a computer name and for the user account 
    that has permission to run commands on the remote computer. 
 Customizing the View 
    You can use Windows PowerShell ISE features to move and to resize the  
    Console pane and the Script pane. You can show and hide either pane,  
    and you can change the text size in all the panes. 
    You can also use the Options window to customize the appearance and 
    operation of Windows PowerShell ISE. In addition, Windows PowerShell 
    ISE has a custom host variable, $psISE, that you can use to customize 
    Windows PowerShell ISE, including adding menus and menu items. 
 Windows PowerShell ISE Profile 
    Windows PowerShell ISE has its own Windows PowerShell profile,  
    Microsoft.PowerShellISE_profile.ps1. In this profile, you can store  
    functions, aliases, variables, and commands that you use in Windows  
    PowerShell ISE. 
    Items in the Windows PowerShell AllHosts profiles (CurrentUser\AllHosts 
    and AllUsers\AllHosts) are also available in Windows PowerShell ISE, just 
    as they are in any Windows PowerShell host program. However, the items 
    in your Windows PowerShell console profiles are not available in Windows 
    PowerShell ISE. 
    Instructions for moving and reconfiguring your profiles are available in 
    Windows PowerShell ISE Help and in about_Profiles. 


    Windows PowerShell ISE is an optional Windows Feature that is turned on 
    by default on client and server versions of Windows. To enable and disable 
    Windows PowerShell ISE in client versions of Windows, use Turn Windows  
    Features On or Off in Control Panel. To enable and disable Windows  
    PowerShell ISE in server versions of Windows, use the Add Roles 
    and Features Wizard in Server Manager. 
    Because Windows PowerShell ISE requires a user interface, it does not work 
    on Server Core installations of Windows Server. However, if you add the 
    Windows PowerShell ISE feature, the installation automatically converts  
    to Server with a GUI. 
    Windows PowerShell ISE is built on the Windows Presentation Foundation 
    (WPF). If the graphical elements of Windows PowerShell ISE do not render 
    correctly on your system, you might resolve the problem by adding or 
    adjusting the "Disable WPF Hardware acceleration" graphics rendering 
    settings on  your system. For more information, see "Graphics Rendering 
    Registry Settings" in the MSDN library at