gives the expression corresponding to the current selection in the specified notebook object.


gives the expression corresponding to the given cell or box object.


gives a list of expressions corresponding to the obji.

Details and Options


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Basic Examples  (3)

This creates a document notebook:

This selects the first cell:

This reads the cell and returns its Cell expression:

Read a CellObject:

Read a BoxObject:

Scope  (1)

Create a notebook and move the selection to the first "T":

Read the current selection:

Select multiple cells and read the content:

Select and read graphics:

Display the result:

Applications  (1)

A palette that reads the word at the current selection and makes it uppercase:

Introduced in 1996
Updated in 2012