I am working on a DockedCells toolbar for common tasks like Save, ClearAll, scrolling, etc., etc. My next addition to that toolbar is creating a button that executes Evaluation -> Evaluate Notebook. I only need the function to work. I already know how to insert that into a button.

When I type NotebookEvaluate[EvaluationNotebook[], InsertResults -> True]directly into a cell and doing a Shift-Enter nothing visual happens other than showing (Running...) for an extended period of time at the top window frame of the notebook. I am not sure what is supposed to happen here so I did an Abort Evaluation as too much time has passed. It should only take 1 second for this particular notebook.

Why isn't this behaving like doing Evaluation -> Evaluate Notebook from the menu?

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    $\begingroup$ If you run this it will run itself over and over, won't it? Related: 33197 $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Oct 9, 2020 at 8:06

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To add to what Kuba said: you can avoid the infinite loop by creating a button that starts the evaluation:

Button["Evaluate notebook",
 NotebookEvaluate[EvaluationNotebook[], InsertResults -> True],
 Method -> "Queued"

Note the Method option. Without it, the FE will freeze up completely.

  • $\begingroup$ Sjoerd-Smit it works!!! thank you so much. i had been struggling with this flocking thing all day. $\endgroup$ Oct 10, 2020 at 6:28

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