Console Tab

The script console is a tab of the Scripting window; it is a command line interpreter through which you can quickly enable a script engine and enter commands to act on the script.

You type the commands in the field at the bottom of the tab; when you press the Enter key, the script console executes the commands and displays any output immediately.

You can input two types of command:

  • Console commands
  • Script commands

Access Tools | Scripting > Console

Console Commands

Console commands are preceded by the ! character and instruct the console to perform an action.

The available console commands are provided here; to list these commands on the 'Console' tab itself, type ? in the console field (without the preceding ! character) and press the Enter key.

  • c(lear) - clears the console display
  • sa(ve) - saves the console display to a file
  • h(elp) - prints a list of commands, as for ?
  • VB - opens a VBScript console
  • JA - opens a JavaScript console
  • JS - opens a JScript console
  • st(op) - closes any script running console
  • i(nclude) name - executes the named script item; name is of the format GroupName.ScriptName (spaces are allowed in names)
  • ? - (without the !) lists commands
  • ?name - Outputs the value of a variable name (only if a script console is opened).

Script Commands

A script command is script code that depends on the script engine. Script commands can be executed only once a script console has been created.


These lines, entered into the console, create a VBScript console and then execute the script 'MyScript' in the user group 'MyGroup':


     >!i MyGroup.MyScript

These lines, entered into the console, create a JScript console and then create a variable called x with the value 1:


     >var x = 1

This image shows the result of entering the above JScript example; remember that you can use ?<variable name> to get the current value of any item you have created during the console session.

Console Tab Toolbar

The 'Console' tab has two operations available through the toolbar:

  • Open Console () - click on the down-arrow and select to open a VBScript console, JScript console or JavaScript console
  • Stop Script () - click to stop an executing script and close the current console


  • This facility is available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions
  • You can save the output of the console to an external .txt file; right-click on the console window, select the 'Save As' option, browse for an appropriate file location and specify the file name