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Supercharge PowerShell's line editor



PSReadLine is an open source module which makes it easier to work at the PowerShell command prompt.

If you've typed part of a command, for example, and can't remember the rest (or what parameter to use), pressing Ctrl-Space displays your options. You can then use the arrow keys to find the right one, press Enter to select it, and that command/ parameter will be typed for you.

Even if you know exactly what you're doing, there's still a chance you'll make a mistake, especially when building some lengthy multi-line function. PSReadLine helps out with syntax highlighting, and by displaying the prompt > in red if there's a syntax error.

PSReadLine makes line editing work exactly as you'd expect. Ctrl+A selects the full line, Ctrl+C copies it to the clipboard, Ctrl+V pastes clipboard text to the console, Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y undo and redo your typing. You can move your cursor between multiple lines and edit what you see, too - no need to start again.

There's also an optional Emacs mode for even more power, and it's all extremely customisable.

Please note, there are several ways to install PSReadLine. If you're a PowerShell novice and/ or unsure what to do, check out the Installation section on the developer's site for advice.

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An excellent add-on which makes PowerShell much more comfortable to use.

Specification: PSReadLine

Windows 7 (32 bit),Windows 7 (64 bit),Windows 8,Windows Server
Open Source
Jason Shirk
Date Added:
May 11, 2015

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