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While working with multiple files in Mathematica, is there a way to have the names of the files appear along with the minimized window of the file. I mean that sometimes I forget which file was places where on minimizing and have not found a way to locate by name. I do not know a proper tag for this question. Please add proper tags if you are aware.

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Hello. By files You mean notebooks? – Kuba Jul 7 '13 at 19:11
How many notebook windows are you dealing with? – Yves Klett Jul 7 '13 at 19:17
@Kuba This used to not be so much of an issue when the minimize, maximize, and close buttons were much smaller in xp and classic windows in Vista the buttons are so large you can't read anything – Liam Jul 7 '13 at 19:40
@Liam Agree, I just wanted to be sure what OP means. About the question: In MMA I always switch between NBs through Window menu. – Kuba Jul 7 '13 at 19:56
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the Windows OS and not about Mathematica – m_goldberg Jul 7 '13 at 20:06
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I don't think you can do this. As an alternative, you can have a palette with all the Mathematica windows for easy switching. Something like this quick hack:

      "WindowTitle" /. NotebookInformation@#, 
   ] & /@ Notebooks[]]]

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To remove the palette window itself from the notebook list you could do the following:

With[{title = "Notebook selector"},
     Button["WindowTitle" /. NotebookInformation@#, SetSelectedNotebook@#] & /@ Notebooks[],
     Button[title, _]
    ], WindowTitle -> title

You can save the palette by selecting it and choosing "Generate Palette from Selection" from the Palette menu.

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Love the hack! (Adding another few characters.) – Shredderroy Apr 16 '15 at 19:48

Actually the first 2-3 letters of the file name are shown on the mininmized window if you look carefully. If your multiple files have names starting differently in first 2-3 letters, you still can easily tell which is which.

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Not for me in Windows 7. One letter isn't useful at all IMO. – Liam Jul 7 '13 at 22:00
I use Mathematica 9 on Window 7 Ultimate. – yanfyon Jul 7 '13 at 22:08
I check on my other PC using Mathematica 8 on Windows 7 ultimate, no letter showing at all on the minimized window. Might be related to version of Mathematica? – yanfyon Jul 7 '13 at 22:16
Yes this is probably related to Mathematica version as it does not work for me using Mathematica 7 on Windows 7 ultimate. – cleanplay Jul 8 '13 at 5:12

I am going to assume you are on Windows.

In Windows 7 and Vista the minimize, maximize, and close buttons are so large you can't read anything.

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This used to not be so much of an issue when the minimize, maximize, and close buttons were much smaller in xp and classic windows.

As another solution you could shrink the minimize, mazimize and close buttons using caption buttons.

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You could also switch the theme to classical windows or download uxtheme patcher and converting the theme to something that has smaller minimize, maximize and close buttons.

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Why NotebookInformation is in red color ? Also this palette is untitled and it appears on the palette. How can this panel be saved ? Thanks! – tchronis Jul 8 '13 at 13:01
@tchronis I'm not really sure what you mean. Could you explain a little more? – Liam Jul 8 '13 at 15:32
How can i save this palette for future use? Also i would like not to contain itself... – tchronis Jul 8 '13 at 17:54
@tchronis I think you meant to ask Sjoerd C. de Vries my question contains no palettes – Liam Jul 8 '13 at 19:07
@tchronis See my updated answer (indeed you were commenting below the wrong question). – Sjoerd C. de Vries Jul 11 '13 at 21:47

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