Interactive Dialogs

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We've provided a few commands to interact with the user through dialogs.

Simple Dialogs

Simple in the sense that the dialogs present the user with a short message and one or two buttons.

Alert

The Alert dialog is a way to notify the user of important information with an "OK" button.

Example: The following display a modal dialog.

Show-Alert -Title "SPE is great!"

No return value.

Show Alert

Confirmation

The Confirmation dialog is a way to verify with the user before proceeding.

Example: The following displays a modal dialog with an OK or Cancel confirmation.

Show-Confirm -Title "Click OK to acknowledge SPE is great!"

Button Name

Return Value

OK

yes

Cancel

no

Show Confirm

User Input

Example: The following displays an input dialog for text.

Show-Input "Please provide 5 characters at most" -MaxLength 5

Button Name

Return Value

OK

< user input >

Cancel

$null

Show Input

Example: The following displays an input dialog with a error validation message.

$inputProps = @{
Prompt = "Enter a new name for the item:"
Validation = [Sitecore.Configuration.Settings]::ItemNameValidation
ErrorMessage = "'`$Input' is not a valid name."
MaxLength = [Sitecore.Configuration.Settings]::MaxItemNameLength
}
Show-Input @inputProps
Show Input

Advanced Dialogs

Variable Settings

The Read-Variable command provides a way to prompt the user for information and then generate variables with those values.

Example: The following displays a dialog with a dropdown.

Note: The name selectedOption will result in a variable that contains the selected option.

$options = @{
"A"="a"
"B"="b"
}
$props = @{
Parameters = @(
@{Name="selectedOption"; Title="Choose an option"; Options=$options; Tooltip="Choose one."}
)
Title = "Option selector"
Description = "Choose the right option."
Width = 300
Height = 300
ShowHints = $true
}
Read-Variable @props

Button Name

Return Value

OK

ok

Cancel

cancel

< variables >

< selection >

Read Variable

Supported Parameter Values

Key

Type

Description

Example

Name

string

Variable name

isSilent

Value

bool string int float datetime Item

Default value

$true

Title

string

Header or Label

"Proceed Silently

Tooltip (optional)

string

Short description or tooltip

"Check to run quietly

Tab (optional)

string

Tab title

"Simple"

Placeholder (optional)

string

Textbox placeholder

"Search text..."

Lines (optional)

int

Line count

3

Editor (optional)

string

Control type

"date time"

Domain (optional)

string

Domain name for security editor

"sitecore"

Options (optional)

string OrderedDictionary Hashtable

Data for checklist or dropdown

@{"Monday"=1;"Tuesday"=2}

Columns

int string

Number between 1 and 12 and string 'first' or 'last'

6 first

Editor Types

  • bool

  • check

  • date

  • date time

  • droplist

  • droptree

  • info

  • multilist

  • multilist search

  • multiple user

  • multiple user role

  • multiple role

  • radio

  • rule

  • rule action

  • treelist

  • time

Confirmation Choice

The Confirmation Choice dialog allows for multiple combinations like that seen with a "Yes, Yes to all, No, No to all" scenario.

Example: The following displays a modal dialog with choices.

Show-ModalDialog -Control "ConfirmChoice" -Parameters @{btn_0="Yes - returns btn_0"; btn_1="No - returns btn_1"; btn_2="returns btn_2"; te="Have you downloaded SPE?"; cp="Important Questions"} -Height 120 -Width 650

Note: The hashtable keys should be incremented like btn_0, btn_1, and so on. The return value is the key name.

Button Name

Return Value

< first button >

btn_0

< second button >

btn_1

< third button >

btn_2

Show Confirm Choice

Upload

The Upload dialog provides a way to upload files from a local filesystem to the media library or server filesystem.

Example: The following displays an advanced upload dialog.

Receive-File (Get-Item "master:\media library\Files") -AdvancedDialog

No return value.

Receive File

Download

The Download dialog provides a way to download files from the server to a local filesystem.

Example: The following displays a download dialog.

Get-Item -Path "master:\media library\Files\readme" | Send-File
Download

Field Editor

The Field Editor dialog offers a convenient way to present the user with fields to edit.

Example: The following displays a field editor dialog.

Get-Item "master:\content\home" | Show-FieldEditor -Name "*" -PreserveSections

Button Name

Return Value

OK

ok

Cancel

cancel

Show Field Editor

File Browser

The File Browser is an obvious choice when you need to upload, download, or delete files.

Example: The following displays a file browser dialog for installation packages.

Show-ModalDialog -HandleParameters @{
"h"="Create an Anti-Package";
"t" = "Select a package that needs an anti-package";
"ic"="People/16x16/box.png";
"ok"="Pick";
"ask"="";
"path"= "packPath:$SitecorePackageFolder";
"mask"="*.zip";
} -Control "Installer.Browse"

Button Name

Return Value

OK

< selected file >

Cancel

undetermined

Show File Browser

Example: The following displays a simple file browser dialog.

Show-ModalDialog -HandleParameters @{
"h"="FileBrowser";
} -Control "FileBrowser" -Width 500

Button Name

Return Value

OK

< selected file >

Cancel

undetermined

Show File Browser

Example: The following displays a Sheer UI control without any additional parameters.

Show-ModalDialog -Control "ControlPanel"

Data List

The "Data List" is essentially a report viewer which supports custom actions, exporting, and filtering.

Example: The following displays a list view dialog with the child items under the Sitecore tree.

Get-Item -Path master:\* | Show-ListView -Property Name, DisplayName, ProviderPath, TemplateName, Language
Show List View

Results

The Results dialog resembles the Console but does not provide a prompt to the user. This is useful for when logging messages.

Example: The following displays a dialog with the all the information written to the ScriptSession output buffer.

for($i = 0; $i -lt 10; $i++) {
Write-Verbose "Index = $($i)" -Verbose
}
Show-Result -Text
Show Result Text