If I'm evaluating an entire large notebook, I usually just press Alt-V Y to find the currently evaluating cell. Is there a way to keep the currently evaluating cell automatically in focus so that the notebook automatically scrolls there without me having to press any keys?


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I just tried this, and it seems to work. See if it works for you.

Type this in first cell (thanks to Kuba suggestion, changed it to use SelectionMove[EvaluationCell[])

SetOptions[EvaluationNotebook[], CellProlog :> SelectionMove[EvaluationCell[], All, Cell]]

You can make the above an initialization cell.

Then Evaluation->Evaluate notebook. now it will scroll down, keeping current evaluating cell in view all the time.

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reference: how-to-make-cursor-jump-automatically-to-next-input-cell-after-evaluating-previo

  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba thanks, You suggestion of using EvaluationCell[] is better. I updated it. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Mar 9, 2015 at 9:43
  • $\begingroup$ Perfect! And elegant! $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2015 at 12:37

This is not as general as Nasser's answer but in case of output being there you can use:

SetOptions[$FrontEndSession, EvaluationCompletionAction -> "ScrollToOutput"]

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