One thing that really drives me nuts is waiting for PowerShell to open. It takes a lot longer than command prompt sometimes. Additionally, I am always trying to close out of applications I am not currently using as to not clutter my task bar. This makes the slowness even more annoying for me! It might seem wacky but I can’t help it!
After talking about the PowerGUI Add-On API, I got to thinking that it would be pretty slick to use the PowerGUI console out side of the script editor. In addition it would be nice to tuck it away in the notification tray for future use. This morning I spent some time and created the PowerGUI QuickConsole.
The QuickConsole simply hosts the PowerGUI Script Editor console window in a friendly, dedicated window. Upon minimization, it will tuck itself into the notification tray where it can be quickly popped out for more PowerShell fun. I’ve attached the source to this blog post. Feel free to modify, extend and distribute! You’ll need to have PowerGUI 3.1 installed for this to work.
A shout out to Philipp Sumi for his great WPF NotifyIcon project! I used it for the tray icon.