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Script Browser and Script Analyzer
Installing Script Browser ^
Script Browser and Script Analyzer come as one setup file, which you can download here. After you install the program, you can start it by typing “Script Browser…” until you see “Script Browser for Windows PowerShell ISE.”
Start Script Browser
If Windows PowerShell ISE is configured with the default settings, you will receive the following error message:
File C:\Users\test\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShellISE_profile.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled onthis system. For more information, see about_Execution_Policies at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170.
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You have to set the script execution policy to “unrestricted” before PowerShell ISE can launch Script Browser. For this, you have to launch PowerShell ISE as an administrator and then run this command:
Note that if you already configured the execution policy for the Windows PowerShell CLI, you have to do that again for PowerShell ISE because its policy configuration is independent from the CLI.
If you now launch Script Browser for Windows PowerShell ISE, you should see Script Browser and Script Analyzer in the right sidebar.
Using Script Browser ^
Script Browser is easy to use, but some functions might not work as you expect. You can run a full text search in the TechNet script database. Script Browser will search in the script code and in the description. If you get too many hits, you can set the search term in quotes to search for the exact phrase. Note that if you select the Favorites tab or the Download tab, Script Browser will only search in the scripts you already downloaded.
Search in Script Browser
The Script Browser filter allows you to limit your search to specific scripting languages or contributors (community, Microsoft, Exchange team), and you can choose among a variety of categories such as Active Directory, Exchange, and Group Policy. Search results can be sorted according to relevance, popularity, release date, downloads, ratings, title, and author.
Script Browser filter
Double-clicking the title of a script will display more details. You can display a script preview and a description. The Downloads tab allows you to download all files of the script or only particular files. Some of the scripts come with quite a few different files, such as executable binaries, images, and documentation.
Open script in Script Browser
Once the script is downloaded, you can open its folder in Windows Explorer by clicking Open Folder. Alternatively, you can access all files from PowerShell ISE by clicking the arrow to the left of the script name. From there, you can directly start a script by clicking the prompt symbol to the right of the script name. Double-clicking the script name will load the script into a PowerShell ISE tab.
Start script in Script Browser
If you like a script, you might want to add it to your Favorites tab. To do so, right-click the script in the list view (not in the detail view).
Using Script Analyzer ^
Script Analyzer allows you to verify if your scripts follow best-practice rules. The tool can help you improve the readability and quality of your scripts.
PowerShell Script Analyzer
All you have to do is load the script in a PowerShell ISE tab, and then click Scan in the Script Analyzer tab in the right sidebar. Script Analyzer will then display a list of problems. Double-clicking a problem enables you to jump directly to the corresponding line. Hovering the mouse pointer over the problem gives you a detailed description.