By default, the ISE editor uses a split-view with the editor pane on top, and the interactive console at the bottom. There are other layouts you can use, and ConsoleEditorFlip makes it really simple to switch back and forth between the interactive console and the editor.

ISE Default Layout and Alternate Layouts

When you first launch the ISE editor, the interactive console appears, and you can add an editor pane by clicking the arrow button on the top right side, or open a script.

ISE Layout Modes

There are two modes that maximize the editor real-estate, providing enough room to comfortably work on large scripts (see “Maximize Editor Real-Estate” in the screenshot above):

  • Maximize Editor: the interactive console is hidden, and you can press CTRL+R, or click on the arrow key labelled (“Click to add script pane”) to switch between editor and console
  • External Console: the console is placed into a floating window and can be placed on a secondary display. This is a new layout mode introduced by ISESteroids.


Once you switch to a non-split mode, ISESteroids adds overlay icons to the right lower side of both editor and console.

Overlay Icon

Simply click the overlay icon to switch between console and editor.

EditorConsoleFlip is so easy and does not require you to memorize keyboard shortcuts, it makes non-split layouts a real win. Consider using full editor view more often, especially when you work on a larger script.


Split layouts are primarily useful for debugging and running scripts, not so much for writing scripts.