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@BanterBoy: - Explain what the script does and why it is useful.

@GitHub Copilot - This PowerShell script demonstrates how to detect if a specific key is pressed on the keyboard. The script starts by adding two .NET assemblies, WindowsBase and PresentationCore, which are required for working with keyboard input in PowerShell.

After the assemblies are loaded, the script waits for 2 seconds using the Start-Sleep cmdlet. This is to give the user time to press and hold the key that the script will detect.

Next, the script sets the $key variable to the LeftCtrl key. This is the key that the script will detect. The script then uses the [System.Windows.Input.Keyboard]::IsKeyDown($key) method to check if the LeftCtrl key is pressed. If the key is pressed, the script outputs a message to the console saying “You pressed left CTRL, so I am now doing extra stuff”.

Overall, this script is a simple example of how to detect keyboard input in PowerShell. It can be useful for automating tasks that require specific keyboard input, such as hotkeys or shortcuts.

Possible ways to improve the code with respect to readability and performance include adding comments to explain the purpose of each line of code, using more descriptive variable names, and optimizing the code to reduce unnecessary operations.


# this could be part of your profile script

Add-Type -AssemblyName WindowsBase
Add-Type -AssemblyName PresentationCore

# assume the script is doing something
# (so you can get ready to press and hold left Ctrl!)
Start-Sleep -Seconds 2

# choose the key you are after
$key = [System.Windows.Input.Key]::LeftCtrl
$isCtrl = [System.Windows.Input.Keyboard]::IsKeyDown($key)

if ($isCtrl) {
    'You pressed left CTRL, so I am now doing extra stuff'

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