I did this often in previous versions of the Mathematica notebook front end. I would have a cell with lots of raw data, e.g. a very long list. The list might go on for pages. I would set the cell to have a fixed cell height using the options inspector. I could then drag a little box on the bottom of the cell bracket to show only a small fraction, say, the top three and half lines of the input. (I would cut it off in the middle of a line, showing the top half of the characters in the line, in order to make it clear that only a portion was visible.)

I can no longer find this option in Mathematica 8 (Mac OS X). Does anyone know if it may be lurking somewhere else?


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The cell dimensions are set by the option CellSize -> {width, height} which can be found in the category Cell Options > Inline Cell Options of the options inspector. One way to get there is to right-click on a cell bracket and select Properties near the bottom of the pop-up menu.


This is what the cell looks like in my version of Mathematica (8.0.1 on OS X) after setting CellSize -> {Automatic, 50} of the output cell in the options inspector. The little blue square attached to the bottom of the bracket of the output cell is the resize handle.

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  • $\begingroup$ Were you able to actually change the size of an Input cell with this? $\endgroup$ Jan 24, 2012 at 1:46
  • $\begingroup$ @BrettChampion yes I was. $\endgroup$
    – Heike
    Jan 24, 2012 at 1:52
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    $\begingroup$ BTW I don't remember the little square at the bottom right appearing before. I don't think I have used CellSize since V5. How many versions has that little "resize" square been there? $\endgroup$ Jan 24, 2012 at 6:50
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    $\begingroup$ This is a really fantastic option! I didn't know about this! Suggestion to Wolfram: Make this cell-height option easily accessible with the cell's context menu. $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:52
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    $\begingroup$ In addition Wolfram should make the cell width usable. It is unusable in M9. $\endgroup$
    – William
    Dec 5, 2013 at 5:23

What about the built-in size limitation? You can either set the maximum output bytes per command using the normal Preferences menu, $OutputSizeLimit = ..., or OutputSizeLimit in the options inspector.

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  • $\begingroup$ The question was about input, not output. $\endgroup$
    – Mark Adler
    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:19
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, pardon me. Should I delete the answer? $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:26
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know the protocol here. Since someone looking through existing questions for an answer to their different question may find your answer useful, perhaps you should leave it. $\endgroup$
    – Mark Adler
    Jan 24, 2012 at 14:56

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