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Re: "Freezing" an Output cell?

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  • Subject: [mg103716] Re: "Freezing" an Output cell?
  • From: Peter Breitfeld <phbrf at>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 09:04:15 -0400 (EDT)
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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.

Output Cells will be deleted with "Delete all Output" if the follow
directly an Input Cell. So you have to possibilities to freeze the cell:

1. Create a (empty) Text Cell immediately above the output Cell the go
to Cell/CellProperties and remove the mark of "open". Then the Text Cell
will be invisible and your output will never be deleted automatically.

2. Go to Cell/ShowExpression and change the cell type (last line) to
something different form Output e.g. "Text".

Peter Breitfeld, Bad Saulgau, Germany --

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