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Re: "Freezing" an Output cell?

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  • Subject: [mg103723] Re: "Freezing" an Output cell?
  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <kjm at>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 09:05:35 -0400 (EDT)
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I do this all the time. Make a plot, for example, then highlight the 
bracket at the right and change the cell type to Figure. For the output 
of a Mathematica operation, you might choose to change the output cell to either 
Text or Equation or ...

BTW, a trick I learned from David Park is to keep the Plot command 
around by highlighting the Input cell and type Alt-Shift CPO. This hides 
the cell, but you can still see a tiny bracket at the right. This keeps 
the "calculational" part around.


AES wrote:
> I'd like to understand the recommended way(s) to "freeze" an Output cell 
> created and displayed in a Mathematica notebook, so that one can delete 
> the Input cell(s) that created it and the Output cell remains as a 
> permanent "Text-like" cell in the notebook, visible to readers, and not 
> deleted by subsequent Cell >> Delete All Output menu commands.
> Example:  In the opening section of a notebook addressing some physical 
> problem I create a Graphic displaying the geometry and coordinate 
> systems associated with the problem, and maybe a Table displaying some 
> of the variable names I'll be using and some (possibly derived) 
> numerical values.  
> Hopefully, at some point, once I've gotten off to a good start, I can 
> delete the code that creates these displays, and not have to re-execute 
> them further, just retain the Output cells, essentially unchanged in 
> appearance.  How to do this?
> [And is there a better name than "freezing" for this process?]
> For myself, I'd prefer a point and click method, e.g., choose a new 
> Style for these Output cells using the Format >> Style menu, over having 
> to put some special code in the Input cells that create them.  But, 
> others may differ.
> Thanks for any suggestions.

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