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Re: cannot evaluate in HelpBrowser (Win XP)

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  • Subject: [mg55974] Re: [mg55926] cannot evaluate in HelpBrowser (Win XP)
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 05:26:38 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <2005411113444.890333@jfultzwinlap>
  • Reply-to: murray at
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I solved my problem with the HelpBrowser not allowing cells to be 
evaluated inside it!

The problem seems to have been due to a Windows add-on "Actual Window 
Rollup" -- a utility that allows you to roll up a window, like a window 
shade, by double-clicking its title bar (as on Macs).  At least this 
problem occurs with that utility in combination with the ATI Catalyst 
graphics driver on my system.  With that utility not loaded at all, the 
problem is gone.  (Even loading the utility and then closing it still 
caused the problem to appear.)  So the utility seems to be tinkering 
with Windows at some fundamental level that conflicts with the way the 
HelpBrowser interacts with the Windows interface.

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

John Fultz wrote:
> Murray,
>...I'm not out of ideas.  Here are a couple of things to try...neither 
> will solve your problem, but they could give us some valuable clues...
> * In the help browser, try evaluating cells in...
>    + Demos->Notebooks->Buckyball Construction
>    + Notations->...Functions->Notation
>   Does either case evaluate correctly?  The former notebook uses the
>   Demo stylesheet...the latter has a private stylesheet.  I'm checking
>   for the possibility that the choice of stylesheet affects the behavior.
> * In a new notebook (not the help browser), choose the menu
>    Format->Style Sheet->HelpBrowser
>   Now, type in some text to be evaluated in that notebook and try to
>   evaluate it.  Does it work?
> On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 06:55:00 -0400 (EDT), Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> For Mathematica 5.1.1 under Windows XP Pro (SP2):
>> I still cannot evaluate (or change) any expression or cell in a
>> HelpBrowser window, whether from a cell in The Mathematica Book or in
>> the help for a 3rd party add-on of a kind I used to be able to evaluate
>> and edit.
>> This is after completely uninstalling and reinstaling Mathematica --
>> and, of course, starting Mathematica with clean caches....

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
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