Boxes are the underlying representation of two-dimensional forms in notebooks.

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Definition of TraditionalForm

This is a followup of "How to check for Mathematica’s definition of XY?, a question by uli on how to access the definition of a built-in symbol. That question focused on ...
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Understanding evaluation and typesetting

Background So, one could be surprised by the fact that: Hold @ Grid[{{1, 2}}] (*or*) Hold @ Graphics @ Disk[] This issue and methods of prevention are ...
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Reading Cells or Boxes expression by expression

Let's say we have a cell: (*newline*) (*newline*) Plot[ x, {x, 0, 1} ] (*newline*) Plot[x, {x, 0, 2}] How to read it expression by expression? ...
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How do I use the third and fourth arguments of Parenthesize?

Parenthesize seems to do a good job with constructing boxes that need to be appropriately parenthesized: ...
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ToExpression and ToBoxes aren't inverses of each other?

Applying ToExpression and ToBoxes repeatedly to Hold[1/1] gives many ...
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What sets of boxes can be selected?

In this question I am only interested in mathematical expressions arising in output cells, not more elaborate code which is typically found in input cells. My understanding is that such output is ...
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Test whether the selection is a subexpression

I am writing a button that applies some transformation to the current selection, in a spirit similar to the question "Apply a function to the current selection in place". However, I would like to ...
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Custom MakeBoxes are issued also for different pattern expressions

Suppose I want to display some expression, say foo[p1_,p2_], as a point in a circle. I can achieve this using MakeBoxes, like ...
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Manipulate slider freeze, and empty value in box

Here's a MWE code to show two problems I'm experiencing with the sliders and their value box, under Manipulate : ...
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What are “\<” and “\>” delimiters in box expressions?

If I enter a string (say, "abc") in a cell, and then switch to box representation (Shift+Ctrl+E or menu item ...
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Ways to obtain a BoxObject

Is there any way to get a BoxObject, except with EvaluationBox or ParentBox? So usually one ...
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Add semicolon at the end of code line programmatically

Suppose we have several lines of code in a cell: a b; Module[{}, c d] e How can we wrap them in a CompoundExpression i.e. ...
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Redefined MakeExpression leads to error in interpreting

I’d like to have a TemplateBox that interprets as its content boxes: ...
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On an existing notebook, how to transform all “double brackets” into “DoubleBracket”

Sometimes, having all double brackets [[...]] transformed into \\[LeftDoubleBracket] ... \\[RightDoubleBracket] can really ...
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How to get string representation of boxes in v10.2?

In Mathematica versions up to 10.1 we could get string representation of given boxes by passing them to ToString with InputForm: ...
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How to change the font color of a variable in whole input cell

I want to track the occurrence of a particular variable in a code. So the idea is to change its color. Usually I do it in a crude way - convert the code into text and then use ...
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How can I draw a box with moving particles inside and a hole in one side? [closed]

The idea is to create a simulation for ideal gas motion in a container that have a hole and then find the speed distribution for the gas particles that leave the box through the hole. I have a ...
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Splitting formatted output to multiple lines in a controlled fashion

Let's consider a slightly complicated expression in TraditionalForm: ...
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NotebookWrite in EvaluationBox forces Input CellStyle

There is a promissing new function EvaluationBox[] and a nice last example in documentation section for it: ...
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Using an external Pattern breaks Format

I noted while writing this answer that using an external Pattern on Format doesn't work: ...
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How can you resize all the images in a notebook section?

I've pasted a large number of photos and they are too big which makes scrolling hard. Is there a way to automatically have Mathematica size them to 10% or something reasonable without have to click on ...
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How to suppress clutter parentheses in output?

Dozens of unnecessary parentheses are making my output hard to read. For example, this: expr = D[f[x], {x, 2}]^2; returns this: (* f"[x]^2 *) But when I try ...
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Removing spurious parenthesis in `TraditionalForm`

I don't understand the following behavior (in v 9.0.1) of TraditionalForm regarding insertion of parenthesis. Let us start with the a definition for ...
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To UpSet or not to UpSet when using MakeBoxes

What is the difference between the following two: ...
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Customizing display of partial differential equations

I am manipulating partial differential equations symbolically, and would like to get the easily readable form $\rho \frac{\partial v}{\partial t}$, leaving variables implicit. Based on suggestions ...
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Backslash commands in strings?

I discovered by playing around that Text[DisplayForm@SubscriptBox["\[Lambda]", "k"]] produces the same result as ...
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How to get a list of all expressions in a notebook matching a certain pattern?

Suppose I have a Mathematica notebook saved to a certain location on disk. Given a pattern I need to get the list of all expressions matching this pattern that appear in input, output or print cells ...
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How to paste multiple expression using PasteButton?

Is there a way to paste multiple expressions into notebook using PasteButton? For example, I want to do ...
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Converting string representation of boxes into explicit boxes

It is very easy and convenient to write textual labels as Strings in the WYSIWYG mode. For example, I define a short form describing a linear model: ...
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A Box for the integral or partial derivative d

I am looking for the name of the box in the Box Language of Mma making integrals, such as those shown in the image below as well as of the sign of the partial derivative. I understand that I can get ...
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How to robustly apply ToBoxes to a Dynamic expression?

Inserting a Dynamic object in a boxform expression messes up syntax colouring. See the following example. where the variable ...
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How to extract a possible closed form from WolframAlpha[] output

To find a possible closed form of a number, I can use the function WolframAlpha["6.38905609893065", IncludePods -> "PossibleClosedForm"] It returns a result ...
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Why only up to two \[Prime] superscripts are interpreted as derivatives?

I noticed that only up to two \[Prime] superscripts are interpreted as derivatives. Is there a reason for this restriction? Is it documented? ...
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Why does MakeBoxes mess up RowBox ordering?

When I use RowBox for MakeBoxes the order of the elements is changed for TraditionalForm, if there is a plus (+) in the list of elements. ...
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ToBoxes Respect Spaces Code

Is there a way to force either ToBoxes or MakeBoxes to respect the spacing that occurs in the code? For example is there a way ...
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Functions returns Command Completion Output

Is there a function that returns the output as if you invoked Command Completion. To help clarify I am looking for a function that returns the Cell Data as if you invoked ...
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How to import a Microsoft Word document into Mathematica?

I have a Microsoft Word document in DOCX format. I need to import it into Mathematica as a String preserving all formatting (font, size, bold/italic style, colors, ...
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FrameStyle in Inset with Framed expression

I am creating some plots that use FrameStyle->AbsoluteThickness@5 and PlotStyle->AbsoluteThickness@0.5. In my plots' ...
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How to copy an image given as a GraphicsBox expression to the clipboard?

I have a GraphicsBox expression encoding an image. I need to copy this image to the clipboard so that it can be inserted in a Microsoft Word document. When I invoke ...
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How to convert an image to a compressed string representation equivalent to one copied to clipboard by `CopyToClipboard[image]`?

In my recent question I asked How to embed an image into a string? The suggested solution was ...
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How to convert a notebook cell to a string retaining all formatting, colorization of identifiers etc?

I have an opened Mathematica notebook containing several cells. Suppose, I am interested in one of them -- it may contain a complete or incomplete expression (e.g. with syntax errors, highlighted ...
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How to embed an image into a string?

Note: The bug described in the post is in Mathematica 9, and has been fixed in 10.0. The documentation for String contains the following statements: Strings ...
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How to convert comment in RowBox to DisplayForm string

ToExpression[RowBox[{"a","(*","what", "*)"}],StandardForm] This conversion above ignores the commment content (*what*) The ...
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Notebook vs. DocumentNotebook; display a Notebook inline, like a DocumentNotebook

If you evaluate a DocumentNotebook[] expression in the front-end, it nicely displays inline, inside of an output cell in the current notebook: For my purposes, ...
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Combination of CellPrint and PrintTemporary, or DisplayForm for Cells

I'm programmatically generating some formatted output that generates a cell in the form of a Cell[] expression. For instance, the output might be ...
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On Reverting Code that Mma Switches to Raw Input Form Back to Standard Form

I experienced a similar issue to what is described in this post while editing formatted usage messages (that contained italics) in the declaration section of a package that I'm developing in the ...
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Vertical “fractions” with more than 2 parts

Standard FractionBox syntax allows only 2 arguments and creates 2-part fraction for numerator and denominator. Is it possible to draw similar construction, but ...
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Extracting text from cells, preserving non-ASCII characters

Consider the following setup, based on this answer by WReach: ...
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Unexpected result when reading Cell with comment-lines by NotebookRead

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 When considering this question about re-formatting Cell (also this one), I encountered an issue which confuses me. I'll ...
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How to change brackets in TraditionalForm output

I'm trying to improve TraditionalForm's output by using different brackets when there are more than one. For instance, instead of $u(v(r(b))))$, I'd like to get ...