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Re: NotebookWrite Output Cells That Will Delete from Menu?

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  • Subject: [mg91568] Re: [mg91551] NotebookWrite Output Cells That Will Delete from Menu?
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 03:14:41 -0400 (EDT)
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Mathematica determines whether a cell is an "output" cell by checking to see if 
it has GeneratedCell->True *and* whether it is preceded by an unbroken chain of 
GeneratedCell->True cells immediately preceded by a cell with Evaluatable->True.

Your button is performing identically whether it's in an inline cell or an 
Output cell.  But it performs differently based upon where the resulting cell 
was pasted.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Wed, 27 Aug 2008 06:41:33 -0400 (EDT), David Park wrote:
> I would like to define a Button that will generate a predefined Output
> cell display. I would then like to put this Button as an Inline cell in a
> Text cell so that I can generate the Output display from the Text cell. I
> can do all that.
> But I would also like to have it such that if I used the Menu item:
> Cell/Delete All Output, the generated cell would be deleted. I find that
> if the Button is in an Output cell, or copied into an Input cell, the
> Menu delete will work, but it will not work if it is in an Inline cell
> within a Text cell. How can I make the FrontEnd Delete All Output work
> for cells generated from an Inline cell?
> Here is an example:
> testOutput = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}];
> Button["Sin Plot",
> SelectionMove[InputNotebook[], After, Cell];
> NotebookWrite[InputNotebook[],
> Cell[BoxData[ToBoxes[testOutput]], "Output", GeneratedCell -> True,
> Deletable -> True]]]
> If I evaluate the resulting output Button and use the Menu item
> Cell/Delete All Output, the above generated output will delete. Now I
> copy and paste the Sin Plot button into a Text cell.
> Here is the button copied into a Text cell. (Copy and paste the generated
> Button here as an Inline Cell) When I put the cursor outside the Inline
> cell and press the button I obtain the 'Sin Plot' as an Output cell. But
> when I use the Menu item Cell/Delete All Output it won't delete. Is there
> a way I can arrange it so it will delete.
> David Park
> djmpark at
> <>

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