Kae Travis

How to Comment Out Code in PowerShell

In this blog post, we’ll explore how to comment out code in PowerShell using both single-line and multi-line comments.

Single-Line Comments

Single-line comments are used to annotate a single line of code in PowerShell. These comments are helpful when we want to provide a brief explanation or description for a particular line of code.

To create a single-line comment in PowerShell, we can use the # character. Any text following the # symbol on the same line is considered a comment and will not be executed by PowerShell. Here’s an example:

#This is a single-line comment
$variable = "Alkane Solutions"

In the code above, the first line is a single-line comment, while the second line assigns the string “Alkane Solutions” to the variable $variable .

Multi-Line Comments

Multi-line comments are used when we need to provide more extensive explanations or when we want to comment out multiple lines of code. PowerShell supports multi-line comments using the <# and #> delimiters.

Here’s how to use multi-line comments in PowerShell:

This is a multi-line comment.
We can provide detailed explanations here,
and it can span across multiple lines.
$variable = "Alkane Solutions"

In the code above, the text between <# and #> is a multi-line comment. This allows us to include multiple lines of commentary within our script, which can be extremely useful for documenting complex code or providing context for other users.

Best Practices for Commenting in PowerShell

  1. Be Clear and Concise: When writing comments, make sure they are clear and concise. Avoid ambiguity and make it easy for others to understand the purpose of our code.
  2. Comment Code Regularly: Don’t wait until the end of the script to add comments. We should comment our code as we write it. This practice will save us time and help others who read our code later.
  3. Update Comments: Whenever we modify our code, remember to update the comments accordingly. Outdated comments can be more confusing than no comments at all.
  4. Use Comments for Troubleshooting: Comments can also be used for troubleshooting and debugging. When we encounter an issue, leave comments explaining the problem and potential solutions.

Whether we use single-line comments for brief explanations or multi-line comments for more extensive documentation, this practice will make our scripts more accessible to both ourselves and others who work with our code.

How to Comment Out Code in PowerShell
How to Comment Out Code in PowerShell

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