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Re: navigate notebook

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  • From: "djmpark" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 06:35:50 -0500 (EST)
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You  are correct that a long scroll is not a convenient form. That's why
codex books won out over scrolls. 

Use Section and Subsection organization. Add ShowGroupOpener -> True options
to these cells to make it easier to open and close them. The Presentations
Application style sheet has these built in for all Section and subsection
grouping cells (but not Input/Output groups). None of the WRI style sheets
have them.  Do close the sections.  The Menu -> Cell -> Close All Subgroups
will close them all but has the disadvantage of also closing all
Input/Output groups as well. I prefer to just close the Sectional groups by

You could write Text cells at the top of the notebook with Hyperlinks to the
various sections using cell tags on the Sectional grouping cells. This would
form a table of contents. However, this is a bit of work to do for all
notebooks and still leaves the long scroll.

It's not that much work to open and close sections by hand and a notebook
with a proper balance of sections and scrolling is ideal - much better than
antique scrolls or the codex book form with its arbitrary division into

David Park
djmpark at 

From: Alan [mailto:alan.isaac at] 

As some of my notebooks are get larger, navigating is becoming clumsy.
I expected to find a navigation menu somewhere, which could be traversed
hierarchically.  Of course if you close all cells, you end up with something
like that, but I don't want to start by closing all cells.  Is there a way?

This is probably a FAQ but I didn't find it answered.

Alan Isaac

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