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  • Blog Post: How Can I Tell if ActiveX is Enabled in Internet Explorer?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I tell if ActiveX is enabled in Internet Explorer? -- JV Hey, JV. You just had to ask this question, didn’t you? Actually, this isn’t a particularly hard question to answer, it’s just a little complicated. But that has to do more with the way Internet Explorer is configured...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Automatically Download TechEd 2012 Sessions

    Summary : Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Marco Shaw, shows how to use Windows PowerShell to download TechEd 2012 session content. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have a guest blogger, Windows PowerShell MVP, Marco Shaw. For more from Marco, read his other Hey, Scripting Guy! guest...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Create Holiday Wish List

    Summary: Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to create a holiday wish list Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. It is almost the end of the year and we have decided to devote some posts to the holiday season. We even have guest bloggers from around the world to share some holiday spirit. Today...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Work with SkyDrive for Powerful Automation

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Chris Wu, talks about creating powerful automation scenarios by using Windows PowerShell and SkyDrive. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Chris Wu is back with us today. I will let Chris dive right in… On the Microsoft Download Center, you can download...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions

    How Can I Automatically Open and Monitor Web Sites? Hey, Scripting Guy! I enjoyed reading your Quick-Hits Friday article that talked about opening multiple Web sites in different browser tabs, and that got me thinking. Our company has a number of Web sites we need to monitor, and I was wondering...
  • Blog Post: Use SharePoint Web Services and PowerShell to Work with Search

    Summary : Learn how to use the web services in SharePoint with Windows PowerShell to query for search results. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today our Guest Blogger Week continues with an excellent post about using Windows PowerShell cmdlets with SharePoint. The post is written by a...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Detect Version of Internet Explorer

    Summary: Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to detect the version of Internet Explorer that is running on your computer. In this post: Access Environment Variables using a VBS Script Version Control for PowerShell Scripts Detect Internet Explorer Versions ...
  • Blog Post: Scripting Wife Learns About Unblocking Files in PowerShell

    Summary : The Scripting Wife learns how to unblock files that are downloaded from the Internet by using Windows PowerShell and a Sysinternals tool. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. It is two days until the 2011 Scripting Games kick off. Things are quiet right now, and I am enjoying a chance...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Cast an RSS Feed into XML with PowerShell

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to cast an RSS feed to an XML document. How can you navigate an RSS feed as if it was an XML document by using Windows PowerShell? When retrieving an RSS feed, ensure that you cast it to an XML document by using the [xml] type accelerator: [xml]$hsg = Invoke...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Download and Install Internet Code Snippets

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to download code snippets from the Internet and install them for use in the Windows PowerShell ISE. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. It seems as if there is an old song that rather describes things right now. It goes somewhat like this: The...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Configure the History Setting in Internet Explorer?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I configure the Days to keep pages in history setting in Internet Explorer? -- AK Hey, AK. To tell you the truth, at first we were a little hesitant about answering this question. Why? Well, we’ve all seen enough TV to know that you aren’t supposed to mess around with history...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Explore an RSS Feed from a Blog

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to explore an RSS feed from the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is just a few days until I speak at the Central Ohio Windows PowerShell User Group. The Scripting Wife and I...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Download Files from the Internet

    Summary: Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to download files from the Internet and other cool tasks in today’s Quick-Hits Friday. In this Post: Working with Windows PowerShell Group Policy Cmdlets Using PowerShell to Log In to an HTTPS Website PowerShell Best Practices VBScript...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell and a Web Service to Find Holidays

    Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use Windows PowerShell to find the date for a specific holiday by using a web service. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a problem. I guess you hear that a lot. Anyway, my boss has given me what I think is an impossible task—to find the holidays...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Create a Custom Dialog Box?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I create a custom dialog box that presents the user with two options, and then runs the appropriate subroutine based on the option they chose? -- AM Hey, AM. Well, today is another day, which is good; after all, yesterday was anything but a banner day here in the scripting...
  • Blog Post: Expert Solution for 2011 Scripting Games Advanced Event 6: Use PowerShell to Get Twitter IDs from a Web Page

    Summary : Microsoft Windows PowerShell senior software engineer, Lee Holmes, solves 2011 Scripting Games Advanced Event 6 and gets Twitter IDs from a web page. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. Today we have Lee Holmes as our expert commentator for Advanced Event 6 . Lee Holmes is...
  • Blog Post: Using the Live REST API with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Chris Wu talks about using the Live REST API with Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Once again we have Chris Wu with us. For previous posts from Chris, see the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog . Take it away Chris… In this post, we will show...
  • Blog Post: The 2011 Scripting Games Advanced Event 6: Use PowerShell to Get Twitter Names from a Web Page

    Summary : Advanced Event 6 in 2011 Scripting Games uses Windows PowerShell to get Twitter names from a web page. About this event Division Advanced Date of Event 4/11/2011 12:15 AM Due Date 4/18/2011 12:15 AM Event...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use a File When Making a SOAP Request via PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use a text file when making a SOAP request via Windows PowerShell 3.0. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today, I spent the day playing around with Windows PowerShell 3.0. It is a lot of fun. One of the things I enjoy doing is working...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Convert to or from JSON

    Summary : Windows PowerShell MVP, Doug Finke, discusses using a simple Windows PowerShell command to convert to or from JSON. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we have guest blogger, Doug Finke. Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP, Doug Finke is the author of Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Grab a URL From the Clipboard and Then Open That Web Site in a Browser?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I grab a URL from the clipboard and then open that Web site in a browser? -- CL Hey, CL. Interesting question, or, should we say, questions . That’s because there’s really two issues here. The first one is easy: can I use a script to open a specified Web site? As you probably...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Clear the List of URLs That Appear in the Internet Explorer Address Bar?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I clear the list of URLs that appear in the Internet Explorer address bar? -- GA Hey, GA. You know, if you’ve ever pondered the question, “What is it that makes the Scripting Guys different from other Microsoft employees?” well, we can save you some time and trouble by...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Create a Shortcut That Opens Internet Explorer With the Address Bar Hidden?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I create a shortcut that opens Internet Explorer with the address bar hidden? -- WA Hey, WA. You know, any time a science fiction writer starts to run low on ideas he or she writes a story in which someone goes to bed and then wakes up in the morning to find that the world...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Download Web Page Links from a Blog

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use Windows PowerShell 3.0 to easily download web page links from a blog. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today the weather outside is beautiful here in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. I opened the windows around...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Change My Internet Explorer Home Page?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! I just found out that Internet Explorer 7 and even Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 allows you to have multiple home pages. This is like soooo cool. I would like to be able to write a script that uses Windows PowerShell to change the start page to the Script Center. It would be nice if...