PowerShell – GUI, Forms, Labels, Text, Input, Image, Icon

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This is simple ping utility that will demonstrate some of PowerShell’s form capabilities, which are fairly easy to implement, once you know how to do it.

This will create a basic form (a canvas for you to add items to). In the example, I have included labels, an input box, a background image, a button, an action to a button, title bar icon, etc. No extra tools or software are necessary; I created this in the PowerShell ISE (you could even use notepad).

Check out this training video at Channel 9, if you want to learn more: Link

I’ve made Part II, which is built upon Part I, a Microsoft page: Link, or this pdf, if the MS page goes missing.




[void] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Windows.Forms")
[void] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Drawing")

# form specs
$objForm = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Form
$objForm.Text = "Check Network Status"
$objForm.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(300,170)
$objForm.StartPosition = "CenterScreen"
$objForm.KeyPreview = $True
$objForm.MaximumSize = $objForm.Size
$objForm.MinimumSize = $objForm.Size

# form icon
$objIcon = New-Object system.drawing.icon ("C:\Windows\Installer\{FFD1F7F1-1AC9-4BC4-A908-0686D635ABAF}\installer.ico")
$objForm.Icon = $objIcon

$objImage = [system.drawing.image]::FromFile("c:\setup\psform_background.jpg")
$objForm.BackgroundImage = $objImage
$objForm.BackgroundImageLayout = "None"
# None, Tile, Center, Stretch, Zoom

$objForm.Width = $objImage.Width
$objForm.Height = $objImage.Height

# label
$objLabel = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.label
$objLabel.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(7,10)
$objLabel.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(130,15)
$objLabel.BackColor = "Transparent"
$objLabel.ForeColor = "yellow"
$objLabel.Text = "Enter Computer Name"

# input box
$objTextbox = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
$objTextbox.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(10,45)
$objTextbox.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(120,20)

# ok button
$objButton = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Button
$objButton.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(140,44)
$objButton.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(75,23)
$objButton.Text = "OK"

# return status
$returnStatus = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.label
$returnStatus.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(8,70)
$returnStatus.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(130,30)
$returnStatus.BackColor = "Transparent"
$returnStatus.Text = ""

# action item here - you could add your own actions
$button_click =

$returnStatus.Text = ""
$objStatusBar.Text = "Checking status..."
$computerName = $objTextbox.Text

# output - online
if (Test-Connection $computerName -quiet -Count 2){
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "$computerName is online"
$returnStatus.BackColor = "Transparent"
$returnStatus.ForeColor = "lime"
$returnStatus.Text = "Status: Online"
# output - offline
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red "$computerName is offline"
$returnStatus.ForeColor= "Red"
$returnStatus.Text = "Status: Offline"

$objStatusBar.Text = "Done"


# form status bar
$objStatusBar = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.StatusBar
$objStatusBar.Name = "statusBar"
$objStatusBar.Text = "Ready"

$objForm.Add_KeyDown({if ($_.KeyCode -eq "Enter"){& $button_click}})
$objForm.Add_KeyDown({if ($_.KeyCode -eq "Escape")

# modal
$objForm.Topmost = $True
[void] $objForm.ShowDialog()