Problem with varous paragraphs

First of all, excuse my english. I have made this small powershell script:

Creation of multiple text files.

$Number = Read-Host “Number of files”
$Name = Read-Host “Name of files”
$Text = Read-Host “Text”
1…${Number} | ForEach-Object {
Out-File -InputObject $Text -FilePath $Name$_.txt
The problem is in $Text variable, when I paste text with multiple paragraphs only insert the first paragraph. If I execute the script from PowerShell ISE it work fine.
Than you

Hi Anemoke, welcome to the forum! :wave:

Read-Host takes a single string, not paragraphs or multiple strings.

Example in powershell

Two paragraphs

this is paragraph 1

this is paragraph 2

The second paragraph was just sent to powershell, as Read-Host only takes a single string as stated.

The ISE is a special tool, has lots of quality of life features. This appears to be one of them.


If you want to prompt the user for multiline text, you could use the Read-MultiLineInputBoxDialog function found here

That would make your script this

function Read-MultiLineInputBoxDialog([string]$Message, [string]$WindowTitle, [string]$DefaultText){
    Prompts the user with a multi-line input box and returns the text they enter, or null if they cancelled the prompt.

    Prompts the user with a multi-line input box and returns the text they enter, or null if they cancelled the prompt.

    .PARAMETER Message
    The message to display to the user explaining what text we are asking them to enter.

    .PARAMETER WindowTitle
    The text to display on the prompt window's title.

    .PARAMETER DefaultText
    The default text to show in the input box.

    $userText = Read-MultiLineInputDialog "Input some text please:" "Get User's Input"

    Shows how to create a simple prompt to get mutli-line input from a user.

    # Setup the default multi-line address to fill the input box with.
    $defaultAddress = @'
    John Doe
    123 St.
    Some Town, SK, Canada
    A1B 2C3

    $address = Read-MultiLineInputDialog "Please enter your full address, including name, street, city, and postal code:" "Get User's Address" $defaultAddress
    if ($address -eq $null)
        Write-Error "You pressed the Cancel button on the multi-line input box."

    Prompts the user for their address and stores it in a variable, pre-filling the input box with a default multi-line address.
    If the user pressed the Cancel button an error is written to the console.

    $inputText = Read-MultiLineInputDialog -Message "If you have a really long message you can break it apart`nover two lines with the powershell newline character:" -WindowTitle "Window Title" -DefaultText "Default text for the input box."

    Shows how to break the second parameter (Message) up onto two lines using the powershell newline character (`n).
    If you break the message up into more than two lines the extra lines will be hidden behind or show ontop of the TextBox.

    Name: Show-MultiLineInputDialog
    Author: Daniel Schroeder (originally based on the code shown at
    Version: 1.0
    Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Drawing
    Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Windows.Forms

    # Create the Label.
    $label = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Label
    $label.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(10,10)
    $label.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(280,20)
    $label.AutoSize = $true
    $label.Text = $Message

    # Create the TextBox used to capture the user's text.
    $textBox = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    $textBox.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(10,40)
    $textBox.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(575,200)
    $textBox.AcceptsReturn = $true
    $textBox.AcceptsTab = $false
    $textBox.Multiline = $true
    $textBox.ScrollBars = 'Both'
    $textBox.Text = $DefaultText

    # Create the OK button.
    $okButton = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Button
    $okButton.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(415,250)
    $okButton.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(75,25)
    $okButton.Text = "OK"
    $okButton.Add_Click({ $form.Tag = $textBox.Text; $form.Close() })

    # Create the Cancel button.
    $cancelButton = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Button
    $cancelButton.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(510,250)
    $cancelButton.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(75,25)
    $cancelButton.Text = "Cancel"
    $cancelButton.Add_Click({ $form.Tag = $null; $form.Close() })

    # Create the form.
    $form = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Form
    $form.Text = $WindowTitle
    $form.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(610,320)
    $form.FormBorderStyle = 'FixedSingle'
    $form.StartPosition = "CenterScreen"
    $form.AutoSizeMode = 'GrowAndShrink'
    $form.Topmost = $True
    $form.AcceptButton = $okButton
    $form.CancelButton = $cancelButton
    $form.ShowInTaskbar = $true

    # Add all of the controls to the form.

    # Initialize and show the form.
    $form.ShowDialog() > $null  # Trash the text of the button that was clicked.

    # Return the text that the user entered.
    return $form.Tag


$Number = Read-Host “Number of files”
$Name = Read-Host “Name of files”
$Text = Read-MultiLineInputBoxDialog -WindowTitle Text -Message "Please paste the text in the box below"

1…${Number} | ForEach-Object {
    Out-File -InputObject $Text -FilePath $Name$_.txt

Not only will it handle multiple lines, it looks really nice too.


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Thank you so much. This resolve all the problems and now is very nice. You are a master.

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