David Barton

Engineer @ Deepnote

Block actions for everyone! 🎉

Hello Deepnote community. We have improved the notebook block usability by adding more actions to sidebar and I am going to tell you more about it.


As some of you already discovered there is a new feature “Block actions” that gives you simple access to every action related to the notebook block.

The set of available actions is slightly different for each block type (see for yourself!) but we are going to make sure you always find everything you need there. And if you get lost. There is a handy search box on top to help you find way back.

Last but not least we have also included experimental keyboard support. You can open the “Block actions” using the “Cmd + .” shortcut. Immediately start typing to filter the actions. Use “Tab” and “Shift + Tab” to jump between the available actions and use “Enter” to execute it or “Esc” to bail out.

In the future we would like to support arrow keys for navigation between the actions and pre select top search hit to execute it easily but we need to save some treats for you for later to enjoy.

This is all for today. Have a great day everyone! 🌴🏰🧙‍♀️
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Improvements for notebook publishing 🎉

Hello Deepnote community. We have recently pushed some long awaited improvements related to notebook publishing. In case you did not know, you can publish notebooks in an article-like layout (check out this link on how).

What is new?
  • Unlisted published notebooks. When you publish a notebook it is "unlisted" by default. When notebook is "unlisted" it is not visible on your public profile and by search engines. visible in your public profile and can be indexed by search engines (e.g. Google). You can unlist the notebook to hide it from your public profile and from search engines. Only people you share the link with can access the unlisted notebooks.
  • Disable notebook duplication. When disabled in Share settings no one can duplicate your notebook in Deepnote anymore.
  • Small device support for published notebooks. You can now read published notebooks on your mobile phones.
  • PDF and print support. You can now download a published notebook as PDF (it is printer friendly as well). Hit CTRL+P or CMD+P or click “Share -> Save as PDF” to access this feature.
  • Wrap very long strings in markdown cells. Previously we were incorrectly handling very long strings in markdown cells now they get wrapped to continue on the next line.

What is coming?
  • Embedding cell code. Previously you could only share cell outputs, soon you will be able to choose code and/or output for the embedding.
  • Hiding code in published notebooks. If you want your published notebook to be less technical, you can hide the code in cells and this will be reflected in the published version as well.

That's all. If you have any question please let us know in comments bellow.
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