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Re: Listbox type progress display?

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  • Subject: [mg119712] Re: Listbox type progress display?
  • From: "McHale, Paul" <Paul.McHale at>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 06:14:14 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Albert,

I appreciate the idea.  Works great with text.  I am having problems writing a Grid[] object to the other notebook.  The functions I am using are based on your example:

(* One time setup *)
nbControl=CreateWindow[DocumentNotebook[{CellGroup[{TextCell["CalibrationControl Execution:   " <> DateString[],"Section"]}]}]];

(* functions to add lines and sections *)

If I create a local object:
mList = {{1, 2}, {3, 4}};
mItem = Grid[mList, Frame -> All]

I get the grid box as one would imagine.  I have tried every variation of NotebookWrite[] I can see, but am unable to write non-text to external notebook.

NotebookWrite[nbControl, mItem, All]
Console Message: An unknown box name (Grid) was sent as the BoxForm for the expression. Check the format rules for the expression.

I found another command (as I wrote this) that is very interesting and works.
Paste[nbControl, mList]

Even images work

I'm sure you likely know about this.  Just thought I'd offer it in case anyone didn't.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Albert Retey [mailto:awnl at]
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2011 7:03 AM
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg119712] Re: Listbox type progress display?

> I sometimes use a workbook as a program that should process start to
> finish.  CTRL-A, Shift-Enter.  What I would like to have is a single
> place to monitor for status.  In Windows I would use a ListBox().
> This is a small, multi-line text window with scroll capability you
> can add text to at any time.  I.e.
> ListBox.Add[myBox, "Starting Execution "] ListBox.Add[myBox, "Main
> task finished "] ListBox.Add[myBox, "All Tasks finished. "]
> Anyone know how to accomplish the same functionality with a Notebook
> interface?  It can write anywhere.  It doesn't have to be a pop-up.

This is not very sophisticated, but does the job and is relatively simple:

nb = CreateDocument[{}];

notebookAdd[x_] := (
   NotebookWrite[nb, x];
   SelectionMove[nb, After, Cell];

  {i, 1, 50}

if you don't need the history, you can also write to the status area




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