Customizing interaction, the front end, or other aspects of Mathematica manually or programmatically.

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Can I customize the shell command line prompt?

Is there a way to customize the command line prompt (e.g., colorize it) for MathKernel when it runs as a shell command (in general, but specifically on OS X)?
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Modifying the built in graphic format of colors

Can users modify the default format of colors in the front end? Red For example, dimensions, aspect ratio, EdgeForm? The motivation is the functional ...
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Override a PlotTheme element at the Options level?

Plot properties defined in a Theme override (supersede) properties defined on Options. This can be undesirable in a case such as: ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut that reproduces the code two input cells above the current cursor location?

In Mathematica running on OS X, Cmnd+L is one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts, as it reproduces the code in the input cell above cursor location into the current cell or into a new cell when the ...
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Is it possible to change default $HistoryLength [duplicate]

By default $HistoryLength is set to \[Infinity]. This is often unnecessary and can cause unecessary memory usage. I can of ...
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Custom headers - RunningText bug?

I'm trying to get MMA ready for writing papers and I'm almost there. At first it looked like there was plenty of space for customization with custom headers and footers, but then it turned out that I ...
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Switch from logarithmic to linear scaling partway along a plot's axis

In the 2015 Planck satellite results, they give the latest plot of the temperature power spectrum of the cosmic microwave background, which I show below. (I am only interested in the main plot; you ...
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Package editor interface

Is there a way to get rid of the unused space on the left of the package editor? What is it's purpose if I configured Mathematica to not show In and ...
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Is there a way to change the indentation behavior of the postfix operator //?

For example, using newlines after // results in some really weird indentation: Ideally, I'd love to be able to do something like this: ...
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Prompt a set of possible options

Recent versions of Mathematica dynamically prompt a list of possible options. For example, when typing Plot[x, {x,0,1}, PlotStyle-> After typing the arrow, ...
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How can I make new outline cells be created above the current cell on return?

When you hit enter inside an item styled cell (e.g. Cell["", "Outline1"]), a new cell of the same type is created underneath the cell you are currently editing. ...
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How to set the output be generated in a cell different from “Output”

I would have some functions, for instance Plot, to generate their output using a different Cell's style rather than "Output". The reason is that I'm producing some documents with many images and, for ...
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How to add my own functions to the library? [duplicate]

I would like to have my own functions (some sort of helper or utility functions) available all the times I run Mathematica. How to do that?
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Customize keybindings without modifying files in the installation directory

I would like to know if I can modify key bindings without being able to modify the KeyEventTranslations.tr in the installation directory. So maybe putting another one in my home dir and ...
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Modify existing color scheme

I am using the "TemperatureMap" color scheme for image processing. How can I set the lowest color value to Black? Generally ...
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How to “undo” SetOptions (restore defaults)

Say I had some good reason to use, for example SetOptions[Plot,ImageSize->500, LabelStyle->OutrageousPink]; But now sometime has passed, life has changed, ...
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Is it Possible to create my own Dictionary?

When I count the number of words in the English dictionary wordsInLanguage[lang_] := {lang, Length[DictionaryLookup[{lang, All}]]} wordsInLanguage["English"] it ...
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Frontend: Adding cell-type choices to the “Choose how to enter input” drop-down [duplicate]

In most of the notebooks I work in, I find myself using 2 or three cell-types almost exclusively (typically regular input, and some subset of section/subsection/chapter). A minor annoyance I run into ...
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How to round tick line ends in the plots

I would like to have rounded ticks in my Mathematica plots. They look much better for thick frames ...
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Is it possible to insert new colour schemes into ColorData?

Because of the standards in my field, for many plots I need to use (or at least end up using) rather narrowly defined colour schemes, and in particular the Matlab "Jet" scheme, which is well described ...
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How to sort the functions in a Package?

Once a Package like abc` has been installed, we can use "?abc`*" to scan all the functions defined in this Package. Now I ...
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Edit built in symbol

I would like to add new attributes to built in symbols (e.g. ElementData or PolyhedraData) so that I can still call the symbol ...
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How to customize the MathematicaClosingDialog.nb?

With Mathematica 10 came the closing dialog notebook, which probably most of you deactivated. (You can bring it back by dechecking "Always exit after closing last window" in ...
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File-name completion for custom functions

Mathematica 10 has introduces file name completion. It works only with certain built-in functions such as Import, SetDirectory, ...
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Reducing Output length by introducing new variables [duplicate]

I have outputs like "expression/(1+3*c^2) +anotherexpression/(1+3*c^2)" and so on. Is there any way to set 1/(1+3*c^2)=A where A is a new variable so that the output reads like ...
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InputAliases and SelectionPlaceholder issue in V10

Let's create an example and do the test: ...
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Evaluate selection in new window or new notebook?

Sometimes when you have long code you need to check some part of this code. the way I am using currently is to selected the part that I want and then copy it to new notebook and then evaluate it ...
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Custom WindowToolbar for my stylesheet

So I've noticed that some stylesheets (for instance Slideshow stylesheets) load a toolbar using the assignment WindowToolbars -> {"ToolbarName"} and I've been ...
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How to add named characters to Mathematica 10?

It appears that native support for the Klingon alphabet has been removed from version 10: \[KlingonA] Syntax::tsntxi: "\"!(\[ KlingonA])\" is incomplete; ...
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Is it possible to define a new PlotTheme?

In version 10 one can define, say, $PlotTheme = "Scientific" Which changes the appearance of all plots. This is fantastic because on the one hand I can have nice ...
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Apply a function to the current selection in place

Say a have the function foo: foo[x_] := x + 2 Like the Evalution ...
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Wrapping at evaluation for inline cell

I've been playing with inline evaluation and I've came to the conclusion that it's most convenient to put the Dynamic@ inside the inline cell, so I've started to ...
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Create custom shortcut to change font color

Just wondering if I can create a custom shortcut key to change the font color of the notebook text. I've created a custom shortcut (in dkyeventtransactions.tr) to bring up the font color dialog, as ...
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Is it possible to suppress 'Out[xxx]=' without suppressing 'In[xxx]:='?

While I have not exhaustively searched Help/Documentation Center for an answer to my question, I have put forth a yeoman's effort without any success. Does anyone ...
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How to open directly the help/reference window from a notebook

I'm used to do ??symbol when I want the reference for a given symbol, then I click on the >> arrows to open the help window. Would it be possible to ...
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How to suppress Tooltip in built-in templates?

...or maybe switch the message. But I will be happy with no Tooltip at all. I've naively tried with ...
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Redefine ArcCot to be inverse of range [0, Pi]

Mathematica implements ArcCot function as an inverse to Cot on range [-Pi/2, Pi/2]. I ...
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Units: Custom-defined units possible?

Converting between revolutions per minute (RPM) and revolutions per second (RPS) is not straightforward for me in Mathematica. I know that $1\; \text{RPM} = \frac{2\; \times\; \Pi\; ...
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How to make the GroupOpeners visible in the SlideShow regime?

I am preparing a presentation on Mathematica and realized that though I made the GroupOpeners visible in the working regime (through the OptionInspector), they are invisible in the regime of the ...
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Is there a way to make the “Details” section of the documentation expand by default?

By default, the Mathematica documentation opens with the "Details" section collapsed. This is never what I'm looking for — in fact, I've lost count of the times I've sought help on a feature and ...
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There is a button in the “basic math assistant” which wraps highlighted text in chosen brackets. Is there no keyboard command for this?

This counts as something of a basic question, but one for which I cannot find an answer. I checked the documentation, I checked google, I searched it here, I read a bunch of different things, but ...
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Stylesheet modifications mimicking Stack Exchange styles

I find myself frequently highlighting and formatting portions of text cells in a Mathematica notebook. Bold and Italic typesetting is easy to handle but I would like to use ...
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FindSelectedFunction for packages - how to make it work?

The Mathematica help menu contains an entry Find Selected Function (Cmd+Shift+F on OSX). If you are working with say Transpose and want to look up its reference ...
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Can I define new graphics directives?

Is it possible to define new graphics directives? For example, suppose I want to be able to use the following code: ...
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How to unprotect GeneratingFunction

I'm trying to add custom downvalues for GeneratingFunction, and to do so I thought I just had to Unprotect it. However, that ...
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How do I type boxtimes?

How do I type boxtimes in Mathematica, for example $a\boxtimes b$? This symbol is used a lot in mathematics, but I found no corresponding part in Mathematica. In TeX form, I can type \boxtimes. Can ...
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Is it possible to enable syntax highlighting for \[Function]?

This is a bit of a long shot but I am wondering if it is possible to enable syntax highlighting in a function defined with \[Function] without resorting to anything ...
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Managing Stack Exchange favorites via Documentation Center [closed]

My Stack Exchange favorites are getting bigger and bigger. It is becoming unmanageable and is getting hard to find what I look for. A related question is Sort favorite questions. Is it possible to ...
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Unable to save changes in Option Inspector from one session to another for the Documentation Center

I wanted to change the global option "WindowsSize" to the "large" value using the Option Inspector. It works well for the current session. But then I realize the "Apply" button was greyed and not ...
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Creating a highly customized BarChart

I am trying to create a BarChart visualization for multi-step data filtering. Think of a traditional sales funnel: many leads, fewer prospects, few customers, very few return customers. The only ...