How can I get the style such as Input, Text, Code, etc., of a selected cell? If a group of cells is selected, how can I get styles of all the cells in the group?

  • $\begingroup$ Programmatically? If it's just one cell, then a manual method: you can right-click on the cell's bracket, mouse over to "Style", and then see what's ticked... $\endgroup$ Mar 23, 2013 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. yes programmatically. I wasn't precise. $\endgroup$
    – Vladimir
    Mar 23, 2013 at 17:58

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"Style" /. Developer`CellInformation[nb]

where nb is the NotebookObject for the notebook you care about. Since you could have multiple cells selected, this will always return a list. It's also possible to have no cells selected, in which case CellInformation will return $Failed and the above code would throw an error.

  • $\begingroup$ God, it's even in the help and I couldn't find it.. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Vladimir
    Mar 24, 2013 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @John Fultz . I used your answer in formulating a routine to answer "Is there a shortcut to select all cells above the current cursor position?", picking out just the "Input" style cells to evaluate (which is what the asker was trying to do). $\endgroup$
    – Bill N
    Nov 25, 2016 at 18:39
  • $\begingroup$ Can I use this within one notebook. I have yet to manage to get anything different from $Failed out of Developer`CellInformation[nb]. Perhaps because the selection changes when I hit shift enter to run the code. (I used nb = InputNotebook[] to set nb to the current notebook.) $\endgroup$
    – Kvothe
    May 6, 2022 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Kvothe Developer`CellInformation also works on CellObject, allowing you to get information on cells regardless of whether they're selected. You can use various invocations of Cells[] to acquire the desired list of CellObjects. $\endgroup$
    – John Fultz
    Jul 14, 2022 at 5:32

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