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Another rather specialised use case.....maybe!

What!
Using the PowerShell profile script to define aliases to start QAP, and to use QAPmessenger for launching the main menu and sub-menus.

Why?
There are several reason:
1:
When working with remote machines in a "windowed" RDP session the use of shortcuts/hotkeys, like the CTRL Double Tap, is a pain in the a.....
The shortcuts gets intercepted by the local host, so it is a total hit and miss exercise.
(Because I prefer the RDP setting "Apply Windows key combinations" to be "Only when using the full screen").

2:
The problem above gets very annoying when remoting to a Windows Server Core machine where the command line is king and the mouse is almost an optional extra.

3:
Avoid having several batch files polluting my servers, files that I have to maintain.... not gonna happen.

The PS profile
Every time you start PowerShell with "powershell" or "pwsh" a profile script runs in the background.
You can check the location and name of the script with this command:
Get-Variable -Name profile

Edit the PS profile
To edit (or create) the profile script type:
notepad $profile
Enter your commands and save the file.
The next time pwsh/powershell starts, the commands runs.

Example
This part of an actual profile script on one of my servers. Adjust it accordingly to fit your environment.

Code:
function qapstart {
    Start-Process -FilePath C:\quickaccesspopup-$env:computername\QuickAccessPopup-64-bit.exe -WorkingDirectory "C:\quickaccesspopup-$env:computername"   
}
function qapmainmenu {
    Start-Process -FilePath C:\quickaccesspopup-$env:computername\QAPmessenger.exe -ArgumentList "ShowMenuLaunch" -WorkingDirectory "C:\quickaccesspopup-$env:computername"
}
function qapscripts {
    Start-Process -FilePath C:\quickaccesspopup-$env:computername\QAPmessenger.exe -ArgumentList "ShowMenuLaunch","`"> ServerScripts`"" -WorkingDirectory "C:\quickaccesspopup-$env:computername"
}
Set-Alias -Name qap -Value qapstart
Set-Alias -Name qp -Value qapmainmenu
Set-Alias -Name qs  -Value qapscripts

Clear-Host

Write-Host -ForegroundColor White -BackgroundColor DarkBlue "Alias definitions (local):"
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red "qap:   alias for starting QAP (one time, after a reboot)"
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red "qp:    alias for the QAP main menu"
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red "qs:    alias for the QAP ServerScripts menu"

That's it for now!

Regards,
joeNOR