I wonder why PasteButton["Plot", Plot[\[SelectionPlaceholder], {x, 0, 10}]] applied to x^2 --- highlighted --- doesn't work.


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In case you want to plot in place you can use something like:

      ToBoxes @ Plot[ 
         Evaluate @ ToExpression @ CurrentValue @ "SelectionData", 
         {x, 0, 10}

You may want to add Method -> "Queued" for more complicated plot to avoid timeout.

And if you want x from the selection to be scoped properly, e.g. to give a plot even if x already has a value, then wrap the procedure inside the Button with Block[{x},...].

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  • $\begingroup$ On my computer I have the message Could not parse RowBox[{^,2}] as input. $\endgroup$ Apr 7, 2016 at 8:35
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry you are right! Have you a solution for the extension of the question ? $\endgroup$ Apr 7, 2016 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ To do the same thing without immediate evaluation in such a way to be abble to make modification to the plot $\endgroup$ Apr 7, 2016 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ @cyrille.piatecki isn't Algohi's answer allowing you that? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:48

According to the documentation, "PasteButton, evaluates its arguments in an ordinary way, so that expr is immediately evaluated"

It is like you evaluate Plot[\[SelectionPlaceholder], {x, 0, 10}] which will give empty plot.

This could be one solution:

PasteButton["Plot", Defer[Plot[\[SelectionPlaceholder], {x, 0, 10}]]]

  • $\begingroup$ Perfect. And How to do tha same without evaluation --- to be able to change marginaly some parameters ? $\endgroup$ Apr 7, 2016 at 8:23

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