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Even though Microsoft significantly improved the shell interface of PowerShell in Windows 10, I still prefer PowerShell ISE for most command-line tasks. For some reason, Microsoft hid this nifty Integrated Development Environment (IDE) even better in Windows 10. If you type “PowerShell” in the Start menu search box, PowerShell ISE is missing. In this post, I will explain how you can change this behavior in Windows 10.
PowerShell ISE missing in Start search
However, if you just want to place the icon on your desktop, you don’t need this procedure. You can just right-click the Start button, launch the Control Panel from the WINX menu, and start typing “Administrative Tools.” In the Administrative Tools folders, you should be able to locate PowerShell ISE.
PowerShell ISE in Administrative Tools
If you prefer to start PowerShell ISE through the Start menu or Start screen, you have to enable the Show Administrative Tools feature.
If you enabled the Start screen, you have to change the tile settings. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you had to open the Charms menu for this purpose. In Windows 10, you can just right-click the Start screen and then select Settings.
Settings on Start screen
In the Settings menu that pops up in the right sidebar, click Tiles.
Now, you have to enable Show administrative tools.
Showing Administrative Tools
From now on, PowerShell ISE should pop up when you start typing “PowerShell” on the Start screen.
PowerShell ISE in Search
To be honest, I didn’t figure out by myself how to enable the Administrative Tools in Windows 10 in Start menu mode. Fortunately, Martin Goyer told me how. You have to right-click the Taskbar or an empty space in the Start menu and then select Properties. Then, you have to click the Customize button on the Start Menu tab.
Customize the Start menu
Scroll down to the end of the list and select System administrative tools.
Showing system administrative tools in Windows 10 Start menu
I have to admit, I don’t understand why Microsoft has hidden PowerShell ISE. If end users are not supposed to be bothered with administrative tools, why not also hide the PowerShell console?
The fact that you have to enable this feature in two completely different ways depending on whether you have enabled the Start menu or the Start screen is another good example of how incoherent the Windows 10 user interface is. Microsoft really has to make up its mind what kind of UI is best for Windows. Taking one step forward and two steps back with regard to the new UI will further hurt the Windows brand.