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PowerTip of the Day

Bringing Window in the Foreground

PowerShell can use Add-Type to access internal Windows API functions. This way, it is easy to bring any process window into the foreground. Here is the function you need:

#requires -Version 2
function Show-Process($Process, [Switch]$Maximize)
{
  $sig = '
    [DllImport("user32.dll")] public static extern bool ShowWindowAsync(IntPtr hWnd, int nCmdShow);
    [DllImport("user32.dll")] public static extern int SetForegroundWindow(IntPtr hwnd);
  '
  
  if ($Maximize) { $Mode = 3 } else { $Mode = 4 }
  $type = Add-Type -MemberDefinition $sig -Name WindowAPI -PassThru
  $hwnd = $process.MainWindowHandle
  $null = $type::ShowWindowAsync($hwnd, $Mode)
  $null = $type::SetForegroundWindow($hwnd) 
}

To test-drive Show-Process, here is a sample code on how to use it:

# launch Notepad minimized, then make it visible
$notepad = Start-Process notepad -WindowStyle Minimized -PassThru
Start-Sleep -Seconds 2
Show-Process -Process $notepad
# switch back to PowerShell, maximized
Start-Sleep -Seconds 2
Show-Process -Process (Get-Process -Id $PID) -Maximize
# switch back to Notepad, maximized
Start-Sleep -Seconds 2
Show-Process -Process $notepad -Maximize
# switch back to PowerShell, normal window
Start-Sleep -Seconds 2
Show-Process -Process (Get-Process -Id $PID)

 

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