I have a Mathematica file that I saved. In it, I have multiple functions that I've defined and have evaluated a number of the functions with different arguments. I would like to be able to open the file and essentially execute the commands at once without having to select and run each individual function. I know Maple used to have a function that did this, but does Mathematica have one?

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    $\begingroup$ If you want to evaluate your file without opening Mathematica's notebook GUI you might want to use it as a script. If you want to evaluate the cells when you open a notebook you can use initialization cells. If you want to evaluate the cells inside Mathematica all at once, but want to start it yourself, you can choose Evaluation -> Evaluate Notebook. There are some other options there as well. $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    May 3, 2015 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Pickett if this is not a duplicate your comment deserves conversion into an answer. $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    May 3, 2015 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, i understand now. I'm much more familiar with Maple, but my school offers Mathematica free for students, so I'm getting familiarized. The Evaluation tab and evaluate notebook worked exactly like I wanted. Thank you. And yes, if you convert to an answer I'll upvote it. $\endgroup$
    – Iceman
    May 3, 2015 at 16:33
  • $\begingroup$ Related question. $\endgroup$
    – m_goldberg
    May 4, 2015 at 1:48

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Three options that spring to mind:

  • You can run Mathematica code without opening a notebook by treating it as a Mathematica script.
  • You can tell Mathematica to evaluate certain cells every time the notebook opens by designating those cells as initialization cells.
  • Under the evaluation tab in the menu there are different options for queueing cells for evaluation, for example Evaluate -> Evaluate Notebook.

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