How To Stop Powershell From Closing After Script

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Have you ever run a PowerShell script and been frustrated to find that the PowerShell window closed immediately after executing the script? I know I have! But fear not, because in this article, I’ll show you how to stop PowerShell from closing after running a script.

Why PowerShell Closes After Running a Script

Before we dive into the solution, let’s take a moment to understand why PowerShell behaves this way. By default, PowerShell executes commands and scripts in an interactive mode. This means that once the script finishes running, PowerShell assumes that you no longer need the console window and automatically closes it.

While this behavior is convenient in some cases, it can be quite annoying when you want to review the output or debug an issue after running a script. Luckily, there are a few simple tricks to keep the PowerShell window open.

Method 1: Using the -NoExit Parameter

The easiest way to prevent PowerShell from closing after running a script is to use the -NoExit parameter. This parameter tells PowerShell to remain open, even after the script execution completes.

To use this method, simply open a PowerShell window and navigate to the directory where your script is located. Then, run the following command:

powershell -NoExit -File YourScript.ps1

Replace YourScript.ps1 with the actual name of your PowerShell script file. This will launch PowerShell, execute your script, and keep the window open for further interaction.

Method 2: Adding a Read-Host Command

If you prefer a more interactive approach, you can modify your script to include a Read-Host command at the end. The Read-Host command prompts the user to enter input, effectively pausing the script execution until the user provides a response.

To use this method, open your script file in a text editor and add the following line at the end:

Read-Host "Press Enter to exit"

Save the file and run it using PowerShell as usual. Once the script finishes executing, the Read-Host command will pause the script and keep the PowerShell window open until you press Enter.

Method 3: Using the Start-Transcript Cmdlet

If you need to capture the entire PowerShell session, including both input and output, you can use the Start-Transcript cmdlet. This cmdlet creates a transcript file that records everything happening in the PowerShell session, allowing you to review it later.

To use this method, open a PowerShell window and run the following command:

Start-Transcript -Path "C:\Path\To\Transcript.txt"

Replace C:\Path\To\Transcript.txt with the actual path and filename you want to save the transcript to. Once the transcript has started, run your script as usual. When the script finishes executing, the transcript will be saved, and the PowerShell window will remain open.

Conclusion

Preventing PowerShell from closing after running a script can greatly improve your scripting experience. Whether you choose to use the -NoExit parameter, add a Read-Host command, or create a transcript using Start-Transcript, you now have the tools to keep PowerShell open for further interaction and troubleshooting.

Next time you run a PowerShell script, remember these techniques to save time and frustration. Happy scripting!