Jupyter Notebook Tour



Now you have launched Jupyter Notebook. Let us a take a look the User Interface of Jupyter Notebook and understand how we can interact with it. After starting the Jupyter Notebook, you see a page like this in the browser except the highlights which I have marked to describe the functionality of them.

Jupyter Notebook Tour

On the page, you are viewing in the browser has various information. Block marked with 0 shows the list of directories and files present in the current directory, you may navigate to the directory of your choice.

In this block, 3 denotes the current working directory, and each breadcrumb is a link to a directory so that you may navigate directly to it.

If you click on the New button, which is at the right top of block 0; You see a pop menu (block 1) which enables you to open a new notebook with Python 3 (block 2). Since we have installed Python 3, it is showing Python 3 here. Click on Python 3 link and open the new Notebook page.

Jupyter Notebook Tour

On the top of this notebook page, it has a file name (block 0), to rename the file click on it, a new pop dialog box like this will appear.

Jupyter Notebook Tour

\You may give it the name you want to give to this file. Moving further to block 1, which is a series of useful buttons.

  1. Save the file
  2. Add a new cell
  3. Cut the selected content
  4. Copy the selected content
  5. Paste the clipboard at the current position of the cursor
  6. Move the cursor to Cell above the current cell
  7. Move the cursor to Cell below the current cell
  8. Run the statements in the current cell
  9. Interrupt the kernel
  10. Restart the kernel
  11. restart the kernel and rerun the notebook's code

Below this menu, there is a working area containing cells. A Cell (block 2) indicated using blue color with In [] prefix is input cell in which we can write programming statements. If the code in the cell is not correct, then the interpreter will give you an error, e.g. block 3. If the code is correct, then it will provide you with the output (block 4 and block 5).

Next, to the menu, there is a drop-down menu (block 8) which lets you change the behavior of the cell. Block 6 and 7, are marked as a non-programming statement. If you need to write any comment in the notebook, then this is helpful.

Spend some time with the Notebook, so that you get familiar with the tool we are going to use throughout the series of learning Python.