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Re: New Notebook Select or Evaluation Command?

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  • Subject: [mg13658] Re: [mg13610] New Notebook Select or Evaluation Command?
  • From: "Carl K.Woll" <carlw at>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Aug 1998 13:14:52 -0700
  • Organization: Department of Physics
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Have you considered using initialization cells? You could set the
property of all the cells before your working cells as initialization
cells by selecting them and using the menu command

Cell | Cell Properties | Initialization Cell

and unset the cells after your working cells by a similar procedure if
necessary. Then, each time you want to check things, you would just use
the menu command

Kernel | Evaluation | Evaluate Initialization

Carl Woll
Dept of Physics
U of Washington

AES wrote:

> I like to suggest a new front end or notebook editing command which
> would say in essence:
>    "Select All Cells from this Cell up to the Top of the Notebook"
> whenever it was activated by some suitable keyboard shortcut.
> The usefulness of this command would arise when one was developing a
> notebook and editing or modifying cells in the middle of the notebooks.
> In common I suspect with many others, I often build a lengthy notebook,
> then realize there are multiple changes in notation and formulas and in
> the way I want to approach the problem.
> As I work down through the notebook, modifying individual cells, I often
> want to reevaluate the notebook from the top down to the point where
> I'm currently working.
> The easy way to do this is "ctr-A, Enter" -- except that this evaluates
> everything and so overshoots the current working point, and if I've
> modified things usually leads to a lot of errors beyond the current
> working point.
> (And in my experience, "Abort Evaluation" is not a reliable command in
> Mathematica 3.0).
> Scrolling up and selecting all cells from the current point to the top
> of the notebook requires multiple mouse actions and some delicate
> mousing, especially on laptops with trackballs or trackpads.
> I suppose an alternative approach, at least on a Mac, would be to have a
> "Jump to First Cell" keyboard command, with the capability that
> "Shift-Jump to First Cell" would select all cells up to the first cell.
> AES  --  siegman at

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