Send Text to Notepad
Notepad can be used to display text results. Typically, you would need to save text results to file, then have Notepad open that file. There is a better way, though: launch an empty Notepad, and send the text via Windows messages directly to the untitled Notepad editor.
Here is a function called Out-Notepad. Whatever text you submit to this function: it will be shown in an untitled instance of Notepad:
#requires -Version 2
$sb = New-Object System.Text.StringBuilder
$null = $sb.AppendLine($Text)
$text = $sb.ToString()
$process = Start-Process notepad -PassThru
$null = $process.WaitForInputIdle()
$sig = '
[DllImport("user32.dll", EntryPoint = "FindWindowEx")]public static extern IntPtr FindWindowEx(IntPtr hwndParent, IntPtr hwndChildAfter, string lpszClass, string lpszWindow);
[DllImport("User32.dll")]public static extern int SendMessage(IntPtr hWnd, int uMsg, int wParam, string lParam);
$type = Add-Type -MemberDefinition $sig -Name APISendMessage -PassThru
$hwnd = $process.MainWindowHandle
[IntPtr]$child = $type::FindWindowEx($hwnd, [IntPtr]::Zero, "Edit", $null)
$null = $type::SendMessage($child, 0x000C, 0, $text)
And here are a couple of sample calls:
PS C:\> Get-Content $env:windir\system32\drivers\etc\hosts | Out-Notepad
PS C:\> Get-Process | Out-String | Out-Notepad
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