Bring window (Excel) to foreground?

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  • #58714
    Profile photo of Phil

    I'd like to be able to open an Excel file, then bring it to the foreground. I've seen older extensions, and old DLL-based approaches, but I don't want to get too far off the "beaten path". Using PowerShell 5, is there an easy way for my code below to bring the Excel file to the foreground? The code below works fine, but it leaves the opened Excel file visible, but in the background.

    $Excel = New-Object -ComObject Excel.Application
    $Workbook = $Excel.Workbooks.Open("MyExcelFile.xlsx")
    $Excel.Visible = $true
    $Excel.DisplayFullScreen = $true
  • #58715
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    Don Jones

    Nope. PowerShell isn't a GUI automation tool. You'll need to dive into those old DLL things. Which you're already doing with that COM object for Excel :).

  • #58718
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    Fredrik Kacsmarck

    Is there a reason for doing it with com-object and Powershell?

    I mean if you want to automate stuff with Excel then you could have a look at my blog post regarding powershell and using the EPPlus .net library.


  • #58811
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    Matt Howard

    Take a look at this post:

    The accepted answer has a link to the PowerShell Community Extensions module which has a cmdlet to bring a window to the foreground.

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