(If this is entirely trivial, although I couldn't find an answer as much as I searched the archives, I will delete the question.)

How could I add a keyboard shortcut to evaluate the entire notebook instead of going to Evaluation -> Evaluate Notebook again and again ?

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    $\begingroup$ I would post in answer, but I haven't tried it. Check out [customizing Mathematica shortcuts] (stackoverflow.com/questions/4209405/…) with the token EvaluateNotebook similar to the EvaluatorQuit demonstrated $\endgroup$ – Timothy Wofford Sep 29 '13 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks; I added it (EvaluateNotebook), but it enters an infinite loop. Also there are a couple of links in answer, that are no longer available. $\endgroup$ – Zet Sep 29 '13 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ How about Command-A followed by enter? $\endgroup$ – bill s Sep 30 '13 at 3:21

Personally I would use what bill_s suggested, Ctrl+A followed by Shift+Enter.

But if you want to have one shortcut you can use what Timothy linked. Just add this line to the KeyEventTranslations.tr file:

 Item[KeyEvent["h", Modifiers -> {Control}], 
      FrontEndExecute[FrontEndToken[SelectedNotebook[ ], "EvaluateNotebook"]]]  

it works for me.

Your infinite loop probably showed while testing on the notebook. Well, if you want to evaluate notebook and the last line is


then it will definitelly result in such loop.

  • $\begingroup$ does this shortcut still work? I can't get Mathematica 10 to recognize it (it just makes a ding sound when I try to execute it) $\endgroup$ – Hanmyo Feb 14 '17 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Hanmyo ctrl+h? Have you edited KeyEventTranslations.tr? I will try later but I think it should work. $\endgroup$ – Kuba Feb 14 '17 at 6:29
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, I put the line in that file and it didn't work for me. I think maybe it recognized that the command was in the file but maybe the command didn't work? I'm just guessing here, but it does make a ding noise when I hit ctrl+h, it just doesn't evaluate the notebook or do anything else. $\endgroup$ – Hanmyo Feb 16 '17 at 1:47

For OSX you can do the following.

  1. Select Mathematica.
  2. Click on "Mathematica" menu then "Services -> Services Preferences..."
  3. Select "Shortcuts" tab.
  4. In the left side select "App Shortcuts".
  5. Click the + button.
  6. Fill out the following.

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  7. Click add after you have set your short cut key and you are good to go.

  • $\begingroup$ Wow, that is really easy, thanks! $\endgroup$ – lambdas Oct 15 '16 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ How may I use Simon O'Doherty method for commands that are nested in a menu, e.g., Evaluation -> Quit Kernel -> Local? Adding 'Local' or 'Quit Kernel -> Local' in 'Menu Title' does not work. $\endgroup$ – Edward Jan 11 '18 at 11:05
  • $\begingroup$ @James Please do not use answers as a followup questions. If your comment won't get answered you can ask a separate question. $\endgroup$ – Kuba Jan 11 '18 at 11:11

I use Alt+v+o, or Alt, then v, then o (they don't have to be entered at the same time, just in succession). That's the same as Evaluation > Evaluate Notebook

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    $\begingroup$ +1 note the "evaluate notebook" menu item was curiously missing in some versions, glad to see it back. $\endgroup$ – george2079 May 29 '14 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ In what versions does this work? It seems that here it doesn't (Mac OSX, Mathematica 9.0.1). Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Zet May 29 '14 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ I use Windows 7 and MMA 9. Have you tried it with the Command/Control/Option key? Also, you don't have to hit all the keys at once; I usually hit "Alt" lift finger "v" lift finger "o". $\endgroup$ – seismatica May 30 '14 at 2:49
  • $\begingroup$ (+1) How did you know this? I couldn't find it in the documentation! :) $\endgroup$ – H. R. Mar 1 '16 at 21:51
  • $\begingroup$ works for me on ubuntu 14.04 $\endgroup$ – kalmanIsAGameChanger Feb 15 '17 at 14:37
  1. Goto C:\.....\Mathematica\System Files\Front End\TextResources\Windows
  2. Open the file: KeyEventTranslations.tr
  3. Locate line 11 of this file:

    Item[KeyEvent["KeypadEnter", Modifiers -> {Shift}], "EvaluateNextCell"],
  4. Change this line to:

    Item[KeyEvent["KeypadEnter", Modifiers -> {Shift}], "EvaluateNoteBook"],
  5. Save and restart Mathematica.

After making this change pressing the key combination Shift and KeypadEnter will cause Mathematica to evaluate the notebook.


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