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How To Display GUI POP UP message box in PowerShell

One of the simplest way to build simple message boxes in PowerShell is to “borrow” from .NET COM objects. Basically you initialize the object, and then you need to create instances of the object and finally call the Popup method. These messagebox code may be familiar to anyone who has programmed in vbScript, or any of the Microsoft programming languages such as Visual Basic or C#. The boxes can look pretty good, even though the coding is a bit monster.

In simple, all it really takes is two lines. One line to create the Wscript.Shell COM object and one to invoke the Popup method. Before the execution, let we discuss about the syntax below

Syntax :

intButton = objShell.Popup(strText,[nSecondsToWait],[strTitle],[nType])

Parameters :

strText String value containing the text you want to appear
in the pop-up message box.
nSecondsToWaitIt’s an optional. Maximum length of time to display the pop-up message
box (in seconds, Optional, default=infinite)
strTitleTitle text string, It’s an optional.
nTypeType of buttons and icons (Numeric, Optional)
These determine how the message box is used.

Button Types : OK = 1, Cancel = 2, Abort = 3, Retry = 4, Ignore = 5,                         Yes = 6, No = 7

Icon Types : 16  – “Stop Mark” icon. ,  32 – “Question Mark” icon, 48 – “Exclamation Mark” icon.  , 64 – “Information Mark” icon.


The command will write the return value of the clicked button to the pipeline as shown below

Button the return value :1 – OK button ,2 -Cancel button , 3 – Abort button , 4 – Retry button ,5  – Ignore button  , 6 – Yes button  , 7 –  No button

Example #1:

Script Explanation:

From the syntax, please find parameter values.

strText : Are you want to continue from here?
nSecondsToWait : 5 (wait for 5 second)
strTitle : Hello User?
nType : 48+4 (Exclamation Mark icon + Yes and No buttons)
IntButton : Get the selected input as show in below table


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