Adding Toolbar Icons to Your PowerShell WPF GUI

This post builds on some previous post titled Use base64 for Images in WPF-based PowerShell Forms.

Show-WpfIconExample.ps1, which can be found below and on github, demonstrates how to overlay the default PowerShell toolbar icon with an image that’s been transformed to a base64 string to System.Windows.Media.ImageSource.

An icon overlay is the mini icon that sometimes shows up on top of a taskbar application icon.


The overlay icon is controlled by $window.TaskbarItemInfo.Overlay. I’m actually unsure if the PowerShell toolbar icon can be replaced entirely ($window.Icon usually takes care of that) without a ton of code.

As a bonus, I also included how to change the taskbar popup description from “Windows PowerShell” or nothing to the title of the $window.

The secret sauce of this is
$window.TaskbarItemInfo.Overlay = $bitmap
$window.TaskbarItemInfo.Description = $window.Title

If you’d like to learn more about the flag of my people, the Cajuns, check out the Wikipedia article “Flag of Acadiana“.

Note that this code can’t be copy/pasted into the console because the PowerShell window will disappear before it can complete the paste. Be sure to download the script or paste the code below into a .ps1 file and execute. It does appear to work well in the ISE, though!

Up next, I’ll be talking more about running your WPF GUIs using ApplicationContext instead of $window.ShowDialog()

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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