I really hate the black console flicker that occurs when opening the PowerShell ISE. Is there a way to keep this from happening?

  • Not that I'm aware of, no.
    – Chris S
    May 28, 2010 at 19:42
  • Just curious, do you mean the console window that pops up for .00045 of a second when ISE loads, or something else?
    – MattB
    May 28, 2010 at 21:47
  • @Matt: I'm pretty sure that's what they meant.
    – Joey
    May 30, 2010 at 9:36

2 Answers 2


It's a hack, but it works:

  1. Right click Desktop
  2. New Shortcut... Enter the path to Powershell ISE: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell_ise.exe
  3. Name the shortcut Right click on the new shortcut
  4. Click Properties
  5. Click the Run Dropdown, select Minimized.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Run Powershell ISE from the icon, should be no more console window pop up, but the ISE will still start maximized.

You can use a diffrent and more advanced PowerShell IDE that dosent have a cmd console flicer if it bothers you that much. I would sugest using powerGUI it is just as free as the ISE but give you IntelliSense during editing.

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