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

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Changing FrontEnd automatic scrolling in version 8

In Mathematica versions < 8, the FrontEnd has a very intelligent behavior: On evaluation, it by default automatically scrolls down the Notebook window to the last printed Output cell but also ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Adapting “Find and Replace” functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills in ...
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InputAliases and SelectionPlaceholder issue in V10

Let's create an example and do the test: ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to customize the Suggestions Bar?

I'd like to be able to customize the Suggestions Bar in v9.0 to provide recommendations of my own. Possible example: when doing unit calculations, I'd like it to suggest converting the answer to ...
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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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Context unique to each group at a specified level

Are there any new tools in v10 that might be applicable to this problem? Recent versions of Mathematica provide the option of having a unique $Context for each ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 add an entirely new menu

Is it possible to add an entirely new menu, say menu "CustomApp" on the fly? For example a CustomApp package could add its own menu "CustomApp" with submenus, ect, once Needed. Former examples I ...
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How to change the default ColorData used in Mathematica's Plot?

This question leads on from the recent question What are the standard colors for plots in Mathematica? There it was determined that the default color palette used by ...
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Is it possible to use custom GUI magnifications?

I am running Mathematica 7 on Windows XP Pro. I often use the magnification feature to zoom in on Plots, ListPlots, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Managing Stack Exchange favorites via Documentation Center

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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How do I remove the top bar and bottom bar from the Mathematica window?

Any idea how to remove the top bar saying "Wolfram Mathematica .... Demonstrations MathWorld Studenforum Help" from the Mathematica main window (see screenshot). It has no use to me and it steals ...
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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 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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Can I customize In[] and Out[] headers?

Can I customize the In[] and Out[] headers? I'd like to add $UserName, ...
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How do I add new menuitems to menus?

What are some complete examples of what one would include in a FrontEnd init.m that would make use of FrontEnd`AddMenuCommands ...
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Opening a context menu (with the Menu key)

Is it by any chance possible to make the Menu key work as one would expect in Mathematica: opening a context menu? The Menu key does nothing in version 7 or 8 on Windows.
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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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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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Windows IME Chinese blocking shortcut for ctrl + space

I currently use the Windows IME on Windows Vista to allow myself to type Chinese characters (not in Mathematica), and by default typing CtrlSpace switches between the English keyboard and the Chinese ...
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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 ...