If you are like me, you have built up a good amount of scripts over time and haven’t yet made it to the point of creating modules or other ways to handle all of them. I needed a way to be able to search through all these scripts to find the little gems that hide within.
I came up with this short and sweet script I can run quickly to find the tidbits I am looking for. The script will prompt for a keyword and then search recursively the path specified showing the output via Out-GridView.
Not a perfect solution but works very well. It could also be tweaked to search files other than *.ps1 easily enough.
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|# Max results returned|
|$Maximum = 20|
|# Path to scripts directory|
|$StartPath = "E:\scripts"|
|Get-ChildItem –Path $StartPath –Filter *.ps1 –Recurse –ErrorAction SilentlyContinue ||
|Select-String –SimpleMatch –Pattern $Keyword –List ||
|Select-Object –Property FileName, Path, Line –First $Maximum ||
|Out-GridView –Title 'Script Files Found'|
|$keyword = Read-Host "Enter keyword to search for"|
|# Prompt to exit script|
|Write-Host "`n`nPress any key to exit – also closes grid view window…" –fore "Yellow"|
|$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")|