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How can I do scripting commands like "Send Key(s)" or "Activate Window" using PowerShell?
Does this require the use of the Net Framework?
What is the best way to implement this type of scripting?
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You can do create the Wscritp.Shell com object like this

$myshell = New-Object -com "Wscript.Shell"

To see Methods and Properties you have access to
$myshell | get-members
AppActivate              Method
CreateShortcut           Method
Exec                     Method
ExpandEnvironmentStrings Method
LogEvent                 Method
Popup                    Method
RegDelete                Method
RegRead                  Method
RegWrite                 Method
Run                      Method
SendKeys                 Method
Environment              ParameterizedProperty
CurrentDirectory         Property
SpecialFolders           Property

So to activate Notepad and send text do
PS> $myshell.AppActivate("notepad");$myshell.sendkeys("Hello")

You have to do these as two command seperated by ";" because you would steal focus if you did this
PS> $myshell.AppActivate("notepad")
PS> $myshell.sendkeys("Hello")
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BSonPosh:

Wow! Thank-you very much. Now I can do everything with PowerShell.
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