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The display can be filtered from the Options menu according to Symbol Type and Origin, and also according to the symbol's intended scope of use, which is defined as follows:

Public symbols are accessible to any user of a module or instance. These are names that have no leading underscores, such as Print or kMaxListLength.

Semi-Private symbols are intended for use only within related modules or from sub-classes or closely related classes. These are names that have one leading underscore, such as _NotifyError or _gMaxCount. Python doesn't enforce usage of these symbols, except to omit them in from mod import *. However, they are helpful in writing clean, well-structured code and are recommended in PEP 8.

Private symbols are intended to be private to a module or class. These are names that have two leading underscores, such as __ConstructNameList or __id_seed. Python omits these in from mod import *. When used in classes, they cannot be accessed from outside of the methods of the class where they are defined. See PEP 8 for details.