How can one reference an anchor in the (online) Documentation Center? I know how to embed a link for e.g. StreamPlot, but how can one link directly to the StreamStyle option under the Options section on the same page? Can this anchor-link be extracted from the documentation from under Mathematica (like there is the Copy web URL functionality at the topright corner of each page)? Apparently this does not work as it simply loads the page without jumping to the bottom:


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    Given that the openers are operated using javascript I suppose this may prove to be impossible. Good question, though. I have been looking for this functionality myself before. Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 18:17
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    The anchor numbers are the same as the Cell IDs in the documentation. However it seems that you have to pick an element that can be directly selected by clicking on it in order for the resulting anchor to work in the web-based version. So, in this example, the ID for the cell that says "Apply a variety of styles to the streamlines:" (221137153) can be used, but that for the entire cell containing this section (94540846), can't. Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:02

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Another method that I use is to take the anchor from the first example under the option. To do this, click on the In[1]:= and copy the shortened URL from the lower right corner of the popup.

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Notice the gray URL in the lower right corner of the popup window.

  • I did not know that you can click on In/Out labels! This method I find more simple to perform than actually checking the source code, therefore I changed my accept. Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 7:59
  • @IstvánZachar Note that this "clicking In" to get this link does not work in either chrome or safari (it does work on firefox on my mac), in the sense that you do not get the popup. The links generated this way work nicely in safari and chrome, but strangely in firefox I have to load the page twice in order to jump to the right section. I may not have the latest version of firefox. To view the source of a selection you need an add-on in chrome. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 15:06
  • Ah but (my versions of) chrome and safari seem to be inconvenient for viewing the wolfram documentation in general. I can't open the OpenerViews :(. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 15:10
  • @JacobAkkerboom I use chrome and it works... It might also depend on your javascript settings.
    – rm -rf Mod
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 15:13

In Firefox these links work:



the anchor numbers were determined with "View Selection Source" and mk1 eyeball.

  • Thanks Mr.Wizard. Could it be that it won't work as expected under other browsers, as there the number's would be different? Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 19:15
  • @István as far as I know the number will not be different as they are directly out of the page source. However, I don't know how other browsers handle this situation (in light of Sjoerd's concern) therefore I thought it prudent to mention it.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 19:22
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    I do this all the time and nobody's complained so far. I think I'd probably prefer to take the numbers from the page that's online rather from the documentation if you don't have the latest version of Mathematica, though--it's conceivable that the cell IDs might change between versions. Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:05
  • @Oleksandr it didn't even occur to me to copy the anchors from the documentation Notebooks. "View Selection Source" is a Firefox browser command.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:22
  • I combine the mk1 eyeball with the mk2 search, so I don't have to wade through the hundreds to thousands of lines of html to find what I'm looking for.
    – rcollyer
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 2:09
  • @rcollyer you understand what View Selection Source means, right? :-)
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 5:28

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