When working in a Mathematica notebook, I often want to reorder cells. Most of the time, I am adding cells at the bottom of the notebook, until I realize it may be better to insert this calculation at an earlier point, between existing cells.

Is there a convenient way to reorder cells in a Mathematica notebook without having to cut and paste?

Ideally, I would like to be able to drag cells by their bracket, possibly holding a modifier key. I've searched through the internet in general and this StackExchange in particular and come up with nothing.

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting idea. I've wanted something like this before, but never bothered to implement it. Off the top of my head, I think it should be possible by using SelectedCells, then copy, NotebookDelete, SelectionMove (in the desired direction), followed by NotebookWrite. These could be bound to particular (modified) keys in KeyevenTranslations.tr $\endgroup$
    – rm -rf
    Dec 6, 2013 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ @rm-rf - Thanks, I'll look into it. (Note: this is my second day of Mathematica, so I have some figuring out to do.) $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2013 at 20:26
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    $\begingroup$ Oh... then it might be a little too much too soon for you, I think. FrontEnd programming is not easy (and definitely not for a day 2 user). I'll try and post answer later if I get some time (you might get an answer sooner than that). Also, if it's only your day 2, I would encourage you to try to work with the notebook as is and get used to it a bit. It's not like your traditional text editor, so some very common features like undo, line numbers, moving lines up/down, joining lines, block indenting, etc. are unavailable. Everything is based around a Cell as the lowest common unit, not a line. $\endgroup$
    – rm -rf
    Dec 6, 2013 at 20:36


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