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Re: printing in mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg31705] Re: printing in mathematica
  • From: "Carl K. Woll" <carlw at>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 02:48:00 -0500 (EST)
  • Approved: Steven M. Christensen <>, Moderator
  • Organization: University of Washington
  • References: <9tlc88$ph7$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hi Mike,

This question has come up quite often, and in my opinion the best solution
is due to Theodore Gray, who came up with the following function:

ShowStatus[status_] :=

Just use ShowStatus instead of Print, and whatever you print will show up in
the status line. Note that the status line is present in the default style
sheet. If you happen to use a style sheet which doesn't have a status line,
you can fix this by going to the option inspector, and setting the
WindowElements option to include "StatusArea".

Carl Woll
Physics Dept
U of Washington

"Mike" <kodanguk at> wrote in message
news:9tlc88$ph7$1 at
> I have writting a function that goes through several thousand iterations
> takes some time to evaluate.  What i would like to do is for it to tell me
> what iteration it is on at any given moment in time - if i use print[ ]
> this then i end up with a huge list of numbers.
> Is there anyway to output a number to a cell and then to overwrite it with
> another number later?
> Thanks for any help
> Mike
> kodanguk at

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