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Using the Mathematica front-end efficiently for editing notebooks

Background: I have used Vim for 15+ years. There is a certain "one"-ness with the editor one achieves. Emacs users also experience this. Notepad users do not. My current interaction with the ...
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Open two copies of the same notebook

Is there a way to open one notebook in two (or more) different windows? This can be helpful when working with a long notebook and one wants to edit one part of it while looking at a different part. ...
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Is there a way to hide or toggle the visibility of code?

Many of my notebooks have a similar repeating structure, which is very convenient and reliable for my workflow: a chunk of code defining a Manipulate for exploring ...
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What is available for editing Mathematica source code with Emacs?

I can find several Emacs libraries for Mathematica, but I'm not aware of a clear favourite, a definitive list, or of a library which is actively maintained and developed. None of these appear to be in ...
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Use Mathematica as a terminal

I love how notebooks work in Mathematica. You can edit code in real time and hit Ctrl+Shift to run it. Additionally you copy and paste different cells around to organize and test ideas. Search ...
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Is it possible to colorize brackets in the notebook editor to see matches more easily?

I've seen that if I click on a square bracket [, I can then use "Check Balance" in the right click menu to see where the matching bracket is. Is there a way to see ...
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How to disable half-hiding output, when the corresponding input cell is modified

I think it has become less easy to compare the new output, now that the output font color turns gray as soon as something is modified in the input cell. Is there any solution?
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Programming Mathematica in plaintext, i.e. no formatting, non-notebook

I'm new to Mathematica and I've just begun reading Paul Wellin's Programming in Mathematica. The book, like many other books and online tutorials, revolves around using the notebook, with all its ...
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Can Mathematica check spelling during typing?

I can't see a way to get Mathematica to check my spelling as I type. Is this feature not supported? I've done everything I can think of with my options: Is there a setting I'm missing?
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How do we turn off automatic smart quotes/special character substitution?

In Mathematica 8, whenever I enter "hello" into a cell of style "text", the quote marks are automatically converted to special characters: ...
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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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Taking class notes with a Mathematica Notebook

Dose anyone take notes in a technical class using a Mathematica notebook? If anyone does, how does it compare to paper and are there useful commands? I have a hard time remembering ctrl/alt/esc ...
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How do I NOT change the input/output number when editing?

I tried to search for a topic on this, but didn't seem to find anything, so here goes. I'm pretty new to Mathematica, so there are a lot of things I don't know yet, but one thing is pretty annoying ...
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How to replace a string within a selected region in a notebook?

I want to replace a string in a selected region/cell in mathematica notebook/package. I searched but didn' t get any result. I think it' s a quite common feature for editors/programming environments. ...
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Split screen view in notebook interface?

Is there a way to get a split screen in the notebook interface? I want a movable horizontal bar in a window with two views into the same notebook, each of which is independently scrollable. An ...
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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (starting in 10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10 and still present in 10.3.1.0, OS X 10.11.2) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before ...
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Calculating pleasant colors for source code or web-design

I really like when the programs or editors I use have pleasant colors. Sometimes when there's nothing else to do or sometimes when there are very important, but incredibly boring things to do, I find ...
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How to apply by-hand image selection to different images

Mathematica supports image selections by hand, by utilizing the selection tool. I used it to extract relevant data (hundreds of little squares). Now I have a second image of same size, where I want to ...
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Table with some editable cells

I have a table: I want it to be editable only where the zeros appear. I read this post Generating an editable table that can be used as input because it's almost exactly what I want, but I couln't ...
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Different Chapters in Different Files

I was wondering if there is a command to change the counter to adjust its numbeing to having different chapters saved as separate files. This seems possible with page numbers but not section numbers.
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Automatic AutoIndent while editing a Package (.wl)

The author of this question is interested to personally handle the code indentation and have the package editor, built-in in Mathematica 2012, preserve the manually chosen indentation level from line ...
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ctags for Mathematica files?

I alway use vi to edit Fortran files. I can use ctags to know which variables and functions I have already defined. Now I use vi to edit Mathematica *.m files. I tried to use ctags for *.m files, but ...
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Spelling dictionary corrupted

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 I have a problem with the Check Spelling in Mathematica, that I quite don't understand: If I try to use the Check Spelling on any notebook, the check just ...
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Is it possible to merge cells excluding results with one click?

Now when I merge two cells with right-click "Merge Cells", they merge with the results included, while I only want the commands merged. Can I make it a one-click button? Now I have to delete the ...
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How to apply by default the style to the Cell instead of the selection?

It's a bit tiresome repeating Ctrl+., or $\uparrow$, Shift+$\downarrow$ (in Mac), or grabbing the mouse to select the bracket every time one want to change the cell style. As style commands on empty ...
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Limiting scope of Front end “Replace All” in Find & Replace

The warning on find and replace isn't explicit and I only found out after an almost harmless global change that I really was replacing ALL, not just all instance in my selection (which is where most ...
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Edit AxesLabel from an existing plot

I have a really complex function that takes a few hours to plot as a function of a parameter. Few days later I realised that I named the axes wrong. Is there an easy way to edit the AxesLabels without ...
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Can mathematica be configured to auto pair different parenthese?

In DrRacket, the editor can auto pair different parentheses, for example code like (let [(x 3 and whether press ) or ...
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Working with WolframCloud

I'm using WolframCloud from my smartphone and I'm having trouble to select all the cells of my notebook to delete them. There is a command that selects all the cells in a notebook? I tried using the ...
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Multiple Mathematica notebooks in a tabbed window with line numbers

I have the following questions: Is there a way to open multiple mathematica notebooks in tab group rather that each mathematica notebook opened in separate window? Is there a way to display line ...
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How to display line numbers in the Mathematica?

Is there such a thing in Mathematica; something like line numbers in Notepad++? Thanks.