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Re: Executing external notebook

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  • Subject: [mg92797] Re: Executing external notebook
  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 07:05:05 -0400 (EDT)

what you wrote indeed looks, as if you need to make a custom package. In 
this case you have already got answers from David Park, Tyler and /Peter 

However, if for whatever reason you do not want to transform common.nb 
into a package, but in contrast, you need to leave common.nb as a simple 
notebook with the same status as that of your other notebooks you may 
try the following. Include into your notebooks main1.nb, ... , main5.nb 
three commands

nb1 = NotebookOpen[
  "Full_path_to_your\common.nb"]  (* this opens your common.nb notebook 
and gives it the name nb1  *)

FrontEndTokenExecute[nb1, "SelectAll"]  (* this selects all cells in the 
common.nb  *)

FrontEndTokenExecute[nb1, "EvaluateCells"]    (* This evaluates all 
selected cells of the notebook common.nb   *)

If you always execute all the notebooks main1.nb, ... , main5.nb in the 
same sequence, the above commands may be included only once into the 
main-notebook executed first in the sequence. Further, it is clear that 
these commands must appear in the notebooks main1.nb, ... , main5.nb 
before the place in which the results of the notebook common.nb are 
first used.

Have a success, Alexei

I have a really trivial question, but nevertheless am stuck.

Within a notebook file, how do I execute an external notebook and keep
all the results in memory?

For example I have 5 files,

each of which must call

which contains code that is common to all 5 main files.

It seems like this should be easy to do but I cannot find an
appropriate command (Get seems like it is intended for this purpose,
but perhaps I am not using it correctly).

Alexei Boulbitch, Dr., Habil.
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