returns the CellObject corresponding to the cell directly below the currently evaluating cell.


starts looking from the given cell.


starts looking from the bottommost selected item.

Details and Options

  • The evaluation of NextCell will not result in the selection or insertion point changing position.
  • If the requested cell is not available or the bottom of the notebook is reached, NextCell will return None.
  • NextCell can return the first cell after the reference point that matches given criteria by specifying one or more of the following options:
  • CellIDcell IDs to match
    CellLabelIn/Out label strings to match
    CellStylenamed cell styles to match
    CellTagscell tags to match
    Evaluatorcells that match the specified evaluator
    GeneratedCellmatch only generated output cells if True, or only non-generated cells if False
  • NextCell[cellobj] of an inline cell will return the next inline cell in the same cell. NextCell[NotebookSelection[nbobj]] will always return the next regular cell, regardless of whether an inline cell is presently selected.


Basic Examples  (3)

Get the CellObject for the next cell:

Read the cell after this one into the kernel:

There are no "Section" style cells below this point in the notebook:

Wolfram Research (2014), NextCell, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2020).


Wolfram Research (2014), NextCell, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2020).


Wolfram Language. 2014. "NextCell." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2020.


Wolfram Language. (2014). NextCell. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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