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Re: UNDO and Mathematica - how useless is it?

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  • Subject: [mg97944] Re: UNDO and Mathematica - how useless is it?
  • From: "Sjoerd C. de Vries" <sjoerd.c.devries at>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 05:22:01 -0500 (EST)
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Been there, done that. I feel your pain.

Cheers -- Sjoerd

On Mar 25, 12:41 pm, Bob F <deepyog... at> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> Does anyone else think the UNDO menu function is about as useful as
> ice in Antarctica?? I had just copied/pasted a long expression from a
> web site to a notebook I was working on, but the expression had some
> exponents/superscripts that did not come through with the paste so
> what ended up being in the notebook was something like this:
> ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((x2*x)2*x)2)2*x)2*x)2*x)2)2)2*x)2*x)2)2*x)2)
> 2*x)2*x)2)2)2*x)2)2*x)2)2)2)2)2)2)2)2)2
> so to Mathematica it looked like all the 2's were just multipliers
> instead of exponents. No problem, says I, just highlight this string
> and use the Edit/Find&Replace dialog box to change 2 to ^2, but only
> one at a time was changed with each click of the replace. OK, says I,
> use the "Replace All" and surely that will only apply to the
> highlighted section. WRONG!!!!!! It changed the entire notebook to
> have ^2 instead of every 2 in the entire notebook. OK, says I, just
> click the Edit/Undo and get back to where I was. WRONG -- notebook is
> totally hosed and I loose a few hours worth of work. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
> I should have done a Save before doing the Replace All -- now I know
> for next time.
> So, hey Wolfram -- please fix the UNDO. Make it work like every other
> program on the face of the planet, even the entire Solar System, even
> the known and unknown universe!!!!!!!!!! Even one level of UNDO would
> have saved me hours of working, let alone a multiple level UNDO like
> you see in so many other programs.
> I would be much happier Mathematica user, if Wolfram would spend time
> in solving problems like this, than coming out with new versions with
> hundred of functions. Please make the next release fix some of the
> major outstanding issues with the current version (and for many years
> as far as I can tell)!!! If you want to add new functionality that's
> great, but give users a modern user interface feature like
> UNDO!!!!!!!!!!!
> And as long as you're about it, give the Find dialog box a way to do a
> find/replace on a cell or multiple cells or any highlighted section of
> a notebook. As it stands right now, you have to click the Replace
> button for each and every occurrence of the string you wish to change.
> Maybe a "Replace in this cell" or "Replace in the highlighted section"
> button.
> How can something so simple (the UNDO) be so uselessly implemented.
> What is it even good for in the state that it is in??
> -Bob (grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr) ;-(

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