Questions about cells and functionality related to cell structures, or the notebook cell hierachy which serves to organize the information in a Mathematica notebooks. This includes questions related to properties and options for cells that determine the overall look and behavior of the notebook.

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How to construct a tree from a notebook?

Given the notebook itself we can think of it as a tree graph: the root vertex is the empty notebook itself, the headers of cell groups are vertices, and all other cells as leaf vertices. I'd like to ...
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Shortcuts for Indentation in Text Cells?

Marking a cell's bracket and then using Alt-7 I can make it a Text cell using the formatting set forth in Default.nb or in a modification of it stored with the notebook itself (so called "private ...
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What are “\<” and “\>” delimiters in box expressions?

If I enter a string (say, "abc") in a cell, and then switch to box representation (Shift+Ctrl+E or menu item ...
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hotkey to mark the current cell and make it a text cell

In order to write to a Text cell, you usually just start typing. Then you find out that you are writing in an Input cell. Then you want to convert the current cell to a Text cell. In order to to this ...
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How to implement specific cell grouping behavior?

Here's the situation in my Mathematica notebook: I'd like the bottom cell to be grouped with the cells above it. Here are those same cells toggled into code: ...
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Exclude cells for cdf deployment

I have a demonstration notebook with a code development chapter and a demonstration chapter with a manipulate environment, like this depicted minimal example I know how to export a cdf but is there ...
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Close or Open, not OpenClose CellGroups for specific CellStyle

I am aware of the question Close programmatically all cell groups in Mathematica but I am trying to find out how to close only one kind of Cells in a notebook, ...
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Temporary/popup Output Progress Boxes

In recent versions of Mathematica, a number of functions have the feature that, while they are thinking (or, for example, loading data from Mathematica servers), they pop-up a little light-blue box ...
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How to use an ExpressionCell to display e.g. an Input cell inside a generated output?

It's not that I can't live with that but I don't understand why e.g: ExpressionCell[ Defer @ Style["string", Red], "Input"] is not showing quote marks? This ...
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How to make a dynamic nested menu?

There is no dynamic controller that can represent a hierarchical menu structure: ActionMenu can only handle flat action lists. Thanks to Kuba, we know a lot about ...
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What is FrontEnd`AttachedCell?

Perhaps it's not accessible from the front end, but what is this so-called attached cell? ...
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Copy an image into a cell will auto generate an inline Cell

Copy/Cut an Image from a cell into another, will auto generate an inline cell. Sometimes I just want to copy/cut an image into a Text-Style Cell, the below image ...
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How to expand and collapse multiple cells inside a frame while keeping all in a single frame

I am trying to create a framed cell around cells that collapse and expand. Mr. Wizard's answer below almost does it, however, when the cells are collapsed I lose the lower frame border. I'd like to ...
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Seeking for method to speedup and get more flexable control Notebook History

When doing calculations in notebook, I modify the code a lot, and there are several versions of similar codes in the same notebook. But I found myself easily forgot which version is the newest, and I ...
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How can I make a stylesheet that counts subcells?

The example cells in the documentation each have count of the cells inside their section: ...
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Docked Cell that scrolls?

I use two finger movement on my trackpad for scrolling a notebook page up and down. Is it possible to make a docked cells that scrolls to the left and right using a two finger movement on the ...
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Make all new cells have a specific style as a function of the Mathematica installation

I would like all new Input and Output cells, in fact all new cells including section headers and such, to have a specific stylistic property (...
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Add semicolon at the end of code line programmatically

Suppose we have several lines of code in a cell: a b; Module[{}, c d] e How can we wrap them in a CompoundExpression i.e. ...
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How to hide inline Cells

By giving a cell the simple option CellOpen -> False, it can be hidden from view. But for inline cells (cell within a cell) this does not work. An option ...
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“ClosingActions” option for FrontEnd`AttachCell [duplicate]

I'm looking to find the possible values for the ClosingActions options FrontEndAttachCell. I have found ...
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CDF format - disable cell selection?

Is there any way/option in order to make Cells not selectable in exported CDF files? I know how to hide the cells until you go with the mouse over them on the ...
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Toggle close all input cells in a notebook, keeping output cells open

For presentations, can all input cells in a notebook be toggled open/closed, while keeping output cells open? Either through menu or palette. Probably would not work well programmatically. Related ...
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How would I set the equation number for an EquationNumbered cell?

Regardless of how many EquationNumbered cells are above or below, every new EquationNumbered cell that I add in my notebook shows (1) as the equation number. Is there a way to correct the equation ...
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Retrieving normal looking Mathematica input from a cell expression

After a bad saving, I had problems with my Mathematica notebook. I have expressions in this form: ...
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Notebook cell properties: Count cell number. Count edited cells [closed]

I have a Mathematica notebook with more than 20 cells, including some closed. How can I programmatically count the exact number of cells? How can I know how many of them have not been edited?
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How do I dynamically update “name” of Action Menu?

I have created an action menu that allows you to change the style of a cell. It works. However, I would like it to dynamically update the action menu "name". I can't get the name to refresh. ...
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Notebook output in single place

I find that cell output below each cell terrible for organizational purposes. Is there another way to display the output of each cell?
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Referencing cells after reopening a saved notebook

I'm looking for a way to reference certain cells when opening a saved notebook. That is, assume I ran some commands in a notebook, got some output, saved the notebook, then reopened it in a new kernel ...
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How to inherit indentation in cell groups?

In my notebook the text cells "stick out" like this: Instead, I'd like the to be left aligned (plus some margin) with the cell they are grouped under... How can I achieve this from the stylesheet? ...
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How create hyperlink with number of an automatically numbered cell?

In my stylesheet I have a particular style of cell, Exercise, that has a corresponding counter object. In a notebook with that stylesheet, there are several Exercise cells in each of which I've ...
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How can I update the contents of or overwite a cell contained inside another cell?

Suppose I have a notebook consisting of these cells: Cell G, containing a grid Cell I, containing a program that produces a graphic and places it in a cell Cell E, a cell which successfully receives ...
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What is a full list of cell styling options and sub-options?

I'm trying to customize a style sheet and have hit a few speed bumps and walls. Firstly, I can't see how to do a few specific things, like to set the color of the cell's left side label: Or how to ...
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Global variables [closed]

I have a workbook I am writing, there are 2 cells in it and then each cell is divided into sub cells. At the top of the first cell i made a bunch of variable assignments such as length=10, x=6, d=4, ...
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How to add a caption below a cell?

How can I change my stylesheet definition for a cell to optionally add a caption below? For example, I would like to add a caption to my "Program" cells shown here: like this (but with the option ...
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How to close all tagged input cells without closing their output cells?

I have tagged certain Input cells I want to be closed during a presentation. I close them as follows: ...
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How to programatically remove an option for all cells?

I'm trying to remove the CellGroupingRules options in every cell in a notebook. Eventually I opened the Notebook in a text ...
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How to group cell type A under cell type B?

My notebook's groupings for "Subsection" and "SubitemNumbered" are broken: And by broken, I mean I wanted it to automatically group like this which I did manually (with lots of control+shift+g) ...
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Table of sections with CellPrint

I am trying to produce a table of sections with each section containing a DynamicModule. My two questions are: (1) How do I produce grouped sections that are folded ...
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How can I remove I a horizontal line I inserted into my notebook?

Inserted a horizontal line with Right click > Insert > Thin Horizontal Line. Cannot see a way to remove such a line. Help!
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Distribute Definitions to different Evaluator

I would like to pass on a definition from one Kernel to the other. With that I mean manually configured Kernels. In this case, I do not want to use the inbuilt Parallelization options, in order to ...
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How to programmatically mark and then select a subset of input cells?

I'm developing a package that needs to exert significant control over a notebook while a user interacts with it. One specific thing that it needs to do, programmatically, is to select a specific ...
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How to change the font color of a variable in whole input cell

I want to track the occurrence of a particular variable in a code. So the idea is to change its color. Usually I do it in a crude way - convert the code into text and then use ...
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Welcome screen (V9): selecting notebook from Open Recent … results in initialization cells not evaluating

The following represents an abbreviated example of more complicated code, but it replicates a problem the more complicated code encounters. ...
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String option names for Cells

They seem to be correctly interpreted. I'm asking because of some minor reasons and a major one: NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option I don't know any official confirmation so let ...
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Split/unmerge merged cells in notebook file

I have merged cells in a Notebook file. Is there a way to split such a merged cell group back to single cells, in each of them being one command?
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Tab in Input cell

Why is it impossible to use tab to indent e.g. an inline comment i.e. (* ... *) in an Input cell? However, I have seen that it is possible, if I use Cell>ConvertTo>TextDisplay. The cell remains ...
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How to copy and paste $n$ lines from a text editor to $n$ cells?

If I copy from an external editor to Mathematica notebook a block of lines (with a code) line 1 line 2 ... line n then whole text is copied to a single cell. I ...
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How to sort cells?

Is there a way to programmatically reorder the section cells in a notebook alphabetically? For example: