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

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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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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 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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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 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 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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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 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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Unexpected result when reading Cell with comment-lines by NotebookRead

When considering this question about re-formatting Cell (also this one), I encountered an issue which confuses me. I'll let the code itself speak: Consider the ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...
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Subscript and Part: What's going on in this example?

Example I came across the following simple example from A Beginner's Guide to Mathematica, by McMahon and Topa, which I believe was written circa version 5.2. (FWIW, I'm using v9.) ...
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Prevent front-end from reformatting long fractions while editing

I am editing an expression containing wide fractions (typeset with fraction boxes): But if, while editing the equation, the fraction exceeds some threshold (seems to be approximately the window ...
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Pasting TemplateBox with a Dynamic argument

Ok, this is pretty specific... The objective is to use a TemplateBox to format something that is programatically inserted with ...
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Tokenize Mathematica input in a simple way

Background Usually, I give detailed descriptions when I have a question which sometimes lead to that users don't write their answers because they maybe think their answer is too simple. Therefore, I ...
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How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression?

One may observe that MakeBoxes does not give the actual Box form of various expressions: MakeBoxes[{1*^4, 000123, a*b c}] ...
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How do I mimic the functionality of “<>”?

The Cell expression for: <> is Cell[BoxData["<>"], "Input"] However similar expressions are parsed into ...
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Strange setting in FormatValues[MakeExpression]

My sytem is: 8.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (October 5, 2011) When I start Mathematica and call FormatValues[MakeExpression] I get the following output: ...
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Formatted text in a Dynamic or Manipulate control

I am using a Manipulate control to show different calculations for the same user-specified parameters. I would like to show the results for the calculation the ...
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Is there a way to have a Tooltip for non-editable raster graphics produced by MakeBoxes?

I have a function which produces a large object I would like to hide. Formatting is of course an option but I'm hoping for something a little more meaningful using raster graphics and ...
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How to avoid spaces between numbers when displaying TagBox(es)

The instruction : DisplayForm[RowBox[List[0,1,Superscript[2,3],Superscript[1,2],a]]] displays a gap between the first two items of the list but if one is ...