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Function: New-BalloonTip – PowerShell Function to Show Balloon Tips


Sometimes, we run scripts that may take quite a while to process. Rather than sit idly and watch the script process, we can trigger balloon tips to let us know when it’s done. Something like:

Balloon Tip

Balloon Tip

These are the same type of balloon tips that alert us to outdated or disabled security settings, pending updates, etc.

Windows Update balloon tip

Windows Update balloon tip

This handy little function makes it very easy to use this useful feature. I took the info from PS1 at http://powershell.com/cs/blogs/tips/archive/2011/09/27/displaying-balloon-tip.aspx and put it into a function and optimized it a little. You can specify the icon (none, info, warning, error), the title text, and the tip text.

function New-BalloonTip  {
  Displays a balloon tip in the lower right corner of the screen.

  Displays a balloon tip in the lower right corner of the screen. Icon, title, and text can be customized.

  Version                 : 1.3
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  Rights Required         : Local admin on server
                          : If script is not signed, ExecutionPolicy of RemoteSigned (recommended) or Unrestricted (not recommended)
                          : If script is signed, ExecutionPolicy of AllSigned (recommended), RemoteSigned, 
                            or Unrestricted (not recommended)
  Sched Task Required     : No
  Lync/Skype4B Version    : N/A
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                            without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular
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                            (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption,
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  Acknowledgements        : 
  Assumptions             : ExecutionPolicy of AllSigned (recommended), RemoteSigned or Unrestricted (not recommended)
  Limitations             : 
  Known issues            : None yet, but I'm sure you'll find some!                        

Function: New-BalloonTip – PowerShell Function to Show Balloon Tips
.EXAMPLE New-BalloonTip -icon [none|info|warning|error] -title [title text] -text [text] Description ----------- Creates a balloon tip in the lower right corner. .INPUTS This function does support pipeline input. #> #Requires -Version 2.0 [CmdletBinding(SupportsShouldProcess = $true)] param( # Specifies the type of icon shown in the balloon tip [parameter(Position = 0, ValueFromPipeline = $true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $true)] [ValidateSet("None", "Info", "Warning", "Error")] [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()] [string] $Icon = "Info", # Defines the actual text shown in the balloon tip [parameter(Position = 1, ValueFromPipeline = $true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $true, Mandatory = $true, HelpMessage = "No text specified!")] [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()] [string] $Text, # Defines the title of the balloon tip [parameter(Position = 2, ValueFromPipeline = $true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $true, Mandatory = $true, HelpMessage = "No title specified!")] [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()] [string] $Title, # Specifies how long to display the balloon tip [parameter(Position = 3, ValueFromPipeline = $true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $true)] [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()] [ValidatePattern("[0-9]")] [int] $Timeout = 10000 ) PROCESS{ [system.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName('System.Windows.Forms') | Out-Null # Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Windows.Forms #if (! $script:balloon) { #$script:balloon = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon $balloon = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon #} $path = Get-Process -Id $pid | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Path $balloon.Icon = [System.Drawing.Icon]::ExtractAssociatedIcon($path) $balloon.BalloonTipIcon = $Icon $balloon.BalloonTipText = $Text $balloon.BalloonTipTitle = $Title $balloon.Visible = $true $balloon.ShowBalloonTip($Timeout) $balloon.Dispose() } # end PROCESS } # end function New-BalloonTip

And you can call it by either supplying the parameter names:

New-BalloonTip -icon info -text 'PowerShell script has finished processing' -title 'Completed'

or not:

New-BalloonTip info 'PowerShell script has finished processing' 'Completed'


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  1. September 28th, 2013 at 18:54 | #1

    Nice one, I love it !

  2. Pij
    November 13th, 2013 at 09:57 | #2

    running fine, but when i close the script editor, notification icon is closed too.

    How could I script to keep notification after running script ? ( creating new process ? )

    • Pat Richard
      November 13th, 2013 at 11:09 | #3

      Which editor? I only run it from scripts from PowerShell itself. I don’t use an editor.

  3. Lars Gregersen
    January 27th, 2014 at 05:34 | #4

    I think this is a nice example. However you fail to call dispose on the $balloon variable which leads to memory/resource leaks.

    • Pat Richard
      January 31st, 2014 at 02:12 | #5

      Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve updated the entire function, including calling Remove-Variable to dispose of the object.

  1. May 7th, 2014 at 16:45 | #1