Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting Video Training

Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting Video Training
Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting Video Training

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to use the OpenFileDialog Control with SAPIEN PowerShell Studio

Developing advanced GUIs is a neat way to expand your PowerShell coding capability.  Traditionally, we would have to learn a different programming language to do this.  That means you would have to learn PowerShell for your day-to-day tasks and something like C+ or .NET to crate the GUI.  After teaching PowerShell for the last 7 years, I know that IT Pros do not want to have to learn multiple languages.  With SAPIEN PowerShell Studio, you can leverage your PowerShell skill set in a visual environment.

Today we are going to take a very simplistic view on how to graphically select files on your hard drive. First, create a simple form with these three controls.  Button, Label, OpenFileDialog.  The first two will appear on your form but the OpenFileDialog will appear below the form because it will open in a new window when called.

Next, add the Click event to the button and then add this code: (Remember to add the event by right clicking button1 and selecting edit default event.  Just typing lines 7 and 12 will not register the event.)


We left all of the control names at their defaults for simplicity.  Line 9 will open the file browser.  Line 10 will display what you selected in the label.

Here we go!


Click on button1



Select a file and click OK.


The name of the selected file is stored in the FileName property of the $openfiledialog object.



Nice and easy!!!


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