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Re: "Freezing" an Output cell?

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  • Subject: [mg103745] Re: "Freezing" an Output cell?
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 05:38:01 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <ha4rfq$d8e$> <ha7i7p$64p$>

My initial query about

> > . . . .recommended way(s) to "freeze" an Output cell, 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

has thus far elicited multiple suggestions, of which one of the simplest 
seems to be to just insert a Text cell (either blank or maybe a caption 
or title cell) just before the Output cell you want to keep.

I'm a bit surprised that only one reply suggested or commented on the 
even simpler approach pf just changing the style of the Output cell in 
the Format >> Style menu . . .  namely a reply from "Kevin J. McCann" 
<kjm at> who wrote:

> 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 ...

I don't know what "Figure" is, or at least don't see any such style in 
the Default style sheet.  But if my Output cell is a Plot or other 
graphic, my experiments also show that just changing the style of an 
Output cell to Text (or one of the header styles) does what I want.  My 
only concern in doing this is that I don't know what other hidden 
consequences this may be causing . . . ???

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