[IPython-User] iPython QTConsole - Force yellow quickref guide to appear again?

Francesco Montesano franz.bergesund@gmail....
Thu Sep 6 05:09:03 CDT 2012

I have a question (loosely) related with the yellow box and help on functions:
The box is great to have the list of arguments, but it does not show
the whole docstring if it is long, so sometimes the help( function )
is needed.
In python and ipython console the help is shown with something that is
like 'less' so that one can search, move around easily. And exiting
from the help one returns to the console as was left and I can can see
all the last commands typed. On qtconsole the help is printed on the
screen, which makes more complicated to roam in the console.
Would be possible to change it so that is consistent with the standard
python and ipython help behaviour?


2012/9/6 Victor Hooi <victorhooi@yahoo.com>:
> Hi,
> Sorry for replying to my original message - I turned off mail delivery,
> hence I didn't get those messages in my mailbox, I saw them on the list.
> In reply to Aaron, no, I don't think always showing the yellow box is too
> intrusive - it's just a question of placement (as in, whether it overlaps
> your code) - and I think iPython is fairly good about that.
> For me at least, the utility of the yellow quick-reference box is greater
> than any loss of screen estate.
> Cheers,
> Victor
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM, Victor Hooi <victorhooi@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've just recently started using iPython, and I have to say it's awesome!
>> The qtconsole mode has probably just become my default Python shell now
>> =).
>> The inline documentation in particular is awesome - if you type in a
>> function, then hit the "(" (left bracket), it pops up a nice yellow box
>> showing you the function prototype and help. E.g.:
>>> foo = max(
>> My question is - is there a way to force this help box to reappear again?
>> For example, you press the up key to edit history, and you're editing your
>> function arguments again - is there a key combination you can press to get
>> the yellow box to appear again?
>> I know you could delete all the arguments and add a ? to bring up a
>> different form of help
>>> foo = max?
>> However, this doesn't really help if you've already entered in a whole
>> bunch of arguments:
>>> foo = max(cat=1, dog=2)
>> Sometimes you just want the argument list to pop up again quickly, without
>> going into full help.
>> Is there a way?
>> Cheers,
>> Victor
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