This may be a silly question… Is there a way to assign a variable with a multi line string (array) right in the console without getting it from a file or other commands? We work on consoles and often we will quickly copy the text from an excel sheet or some other source and I may want to do something with those data (for example 5 servers which I need to supply to Test-Connection cmdlet). During such cases I always need to store it in the file and use get-content or I need to put a comma in between the servers to make it an array.
I was just wondering is there is a way to just copy and paste the multiline (array) content to console and store it in a variable.
Here is what I tried -
# If the content is stored in a file PS [2:45:58 AM] C:\> cat .\test.txt line1 line2 line3 line4 line5 PS [2:46:02 AM] C:\> $a = cat .\test.txt PS [2:46:13 AM] C:\> $a | measure Count : 5 Average : Sum : Maximum : Minimum : Property : ## I am trying the same here directly on the console. PS [2:46:20 AM] C:\> $b = 'line1 line2 line3 line4 line5' PS [2:46:42 AM] C:\> $b | measure Count : 1 Average : Sum : Maximum : Minimum : Property :