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I'm still very frustrated about the separation of the menubar (File, Edit, Insert, ...) and the open notebooks in different windows. I would prefer to have the menubar directly above each notebook in the same window, following the "normal" user interface principles of Windows and resulting a minimum of one window after startup instead two ones.

Is there any command argument or preference option I didn't find so far?

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Switch to Linux ! –  b.gatessucks Sep 11 '12 at 20:30
Actually, I prefer the current method. In a multi-monitor setup it is much easier to spread your open Mathematica windows over the various monitors. I have always cursed Excel for not easily allowing this. –  Sjoerd C. de Vries Sep 11 '12 at 20:37
Well, I'm using Gentoo Linux in most cases... but I need the same window behaviour from Qt now on Windows. And switching - to be honest - to Gentoo on my ThinkPad is not proper solution, because I dont want to handle all the modules required by the different hardware (Wacom panel, 3G, and so on...). =) –  triton Sep 11 '12 at 20:41
@triton You could install Linux in a virtual machine. I bought VMWare workstation and then on my Windows Laptop I can have Fedora Linux or whatever. I mostly use Windows though for Mathematica if I need notebooks. It seems more stable. –  Rolf Mertig Sep 11 '12 at 23:11
Once a time when problems happened in my Windows, the menu bar was minimized. So I guess it might be able to be realized on an OS level? Anyway I'm looking for a solution too. –  Silvia Sep 13 '12 at 14:53

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The recently relased Version 10 of Mathematica for Windows implements such a "normal" user interface with the menubar directly above each notebook in the same window.

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This is finally fixed in Mathematica 10!

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. –  m_goldberg Jul 11 '14 at 22:59
SWB: I undeleted your answer and voted for it. If the community welcomes Reiner Martin's answer it should welcome this one too. I feel that both fall into a gray area where they do not directly answer the question itself but they both provide information that solves the problem for those willing and able to upgrade. –  Mr.Wizard Aug 12 '14 at 18:39

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