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it looks like it should be well known issue but I haven't found answer anywhere. Please tell me why the result (after clicking) of this:

Button["X", Print@1; Pause@1; Print@2;]

is different from result of this:

Print@1; Pause@1; Print@2;
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The reason is because Button actions are calculated on a preemptive link, meaning they preempt any other evaluation, but are only allowed a certain amount of time to evaluate.

You can replicate the behavior of

Print@1; Pause@1; Print@2;

by adding the option Method->"Queued" to the Button arguments.

This ensures the actions are performed in the current queue and no time limit is enforced.

See the documentation under "Details and Options"

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A little more explanation to the OP: Most likely, the code that needs to be run for the new cells to be created and formatted needs to wait until the preemptive evaluation has finished. This is why 1 and 2 seems to appear simultaneously after a pause of 1 second. –  Szabolcs Feb 13 '13 at 20:16
    
@Szabolcs Thanks for the added color. –  kale Feb 13 '13 at 20:17
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