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Re: deleting a title or subtitle in a notebook

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  • Subject: [mg73776] Re: deleting a title or subtitle in a notebook
  • From: "Norbert Marxer" <marxer at>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 04:31:48 -0500 (EST)
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On 27 Feb., 11:56, grzz... at wrote:
> There is no cell selector (those blue square brackets that are on the
> right side of each cell) for a Title cell - at least, not in my
> notebook. Also, if I put my cursor in the title cell and hit the
> delete button, nothing happens. Right-clicking on the cell to get the
> context menu, I see options cut and copy are grayed out, but paste,
> style, etc are not.
> I right-click in the cell and chose Option Inspector. The Cell Option
> is grayed out (as is Notebook and Global Options).
> Thanks.
> On Feb 26, 6:19 am, Murray Eisenberg <mur... at> wrote:
> > Are you saying that when, with the notebook open in the Front End, you
> > select the bracket for a cell -- whatever style the cell might be -- and
> > use Delete, the cell does not get deleted?
> > Even if, by accident, you changed the cell's properties to Not Editable
> > (in the Cell menu), Mathematica would still let you delete it.
> > Could you have changed the cell's properties using the Option Inspector
> > by any chance?  That allows you to mark the cell as not Deletable.  To
> > check on this, select the cell.  Open the Option Inspector (from Cell
> > menu, select Option Inspector).  Expand the section "Cell Options" in
> > the Option Inspector's large lower window.  Under the Cell Options
> > category, expand the "General Properties" section.   The fourth entry in
> > the expanded list will be Deletable.  See whether that is set at its
> > default value of True; if not, change it to True.  Click the Apply
> > button and close the Option Inspector.  YOu should now be able to delete
> > the cell.
> > grzz... at wrote:
> > > How do you delete a cell that was converted to a title or subtitle in
> > > a Mathematica notebook? I'm astonished how difficult it is to find the
> > > answer to this seemingly simple task!! I've tried changing the style,
> > > using the Delete button, but nothing seems to work!
> > --
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There are many methods. I just mention three of them.

Method 1

The easiest method ist to use the cell brackets. You can have them
displayed by entering the options inspector (i.e. press Ctrl+Shift+O,
or use the menu command "Format / Option Inspector ...").
Then select "Notebook" for the first drop down menu (to change the
option for the current notebook).
Then goto the option ShowCellBrackets (maybe using the Lookup button)
and set it to True.
Now go back to your notebook. The cell brackets are displayed and can
easily be selected using the mouse and deleted with the Delete key.

Method 2

If you do not (want to) use the cell brackets you can move the mouse
just above the cell you want to delete, press the left mouse button,
draw the mouse curser to below the cell and release the left mouse
button. The cell(s) have been selected (even though you do not see
that) and can be deleted with the Delete key.
You can see how this works easier when the cell brackets are

Method 3

If you do not (want to) use the cell brackets you can position the
mouse cursor in the cell and press both the Ctrl and the . (point) key
repeatedly (or use the menu command "Edit / Expression Input / Extend
Selection") to extend the selected expression. You stop as soon as the
whole cell is selected. Now you can delete the cell.

If hope you will find one of these methods helpful.

Best Regards
Norbert Marxer

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