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How can I recover from front end crash after debug session?

On Mathematica 10.3 running on Raspberry Pi 3, the debug session on the Front End hung and I had to kill the Front End. ( I now know better: better 'kill -9' the Kernel process and not the Front ...
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Image background for cell?

I'd like to make code Cells have a specific background image. I know you can do this for Notebooks, but what about Cells? This simple test fails: ...
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Front End crashes when triggering autocomplete

Every time I try to type a function in Mathematica, e.g. Sum, after I type "Su" then Mathematica crashes and I do not know why! Same as if I type "Pr", it again crashes. I kind of feel that it tries ...
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Can I create a mouseover summary or documentation for a new function?

In Mathematica, when you hover any a built-in function, a small window with 2 symbols appears (as in the third paragraph of this reference page, see picture): clicking on the former one gives you a ...
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UseFrontEnd is not working the same in version 10.4

I'm using batch files to run Mathematica notebooks (with saved output) but in version 10.4 the functionality has changed. Any ideas how to get it working? I use a batch file to run a .m script which ...
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Flatten works in output but not in Global Workspace?

I am trying Michael Trott's Sierpinski Triangle. ...
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Same input,different result? [duplicate]

Using this code,you can see,same input, but the output are different. So weird! If I copy this code here, it outputs normally. So what's the problem? Ps:I use ...
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Strategies to compensate for lack of multi-document interface?

I use Mathematica (Home Edition) to manage notes which live in a large number of different notebooks. In my case the notebooks (hundreds) are just organized using document names and file system ...
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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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code indent issue in frontend: How to remove annoying space at beginning of a line

I am using MMA 10.4.1 Very often I encountered this problem This is an extraction of a Module (the last bracket is matching module). The ...
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How can I make an invisible Cell?

Notebooks have a Visible option, but Cell // Options doesn't mention any equivalent for ...
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CopyToClipboard freezes FrontEnd

This is freezing the FrontEnd: CopyToClipboard@ExampleData[{"Text", "AeneidEnglish"}] Are there system limits I'm hitting here?
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“Most compatible vector representation”

When saving a plot through right click ► Save Graphic As…, Mathematica lets me choose several options, including separate vector representations for areas with ...
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Which version of Mathematica has cursor animation when running on Windows?

Does anyone remember which version of Mathematica, running under Windows, has the following behavior: when you type something into a front-end window, the cursor has a small animation? It becomes ...
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File path autocompletion options?

Suboptions like "FileCompleteEnable" in CodeAssistOptions are new in v10. Are there any options I can exercise with respect to the behavior of filepath autocompletion? Then is there anyway to set ...
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Creating compiled search TRIE file for argument string completion

I'd like to generate a compiled search TRIE file (like those found in $InstallationDirectory\SystemFiles\FrontEnd\SystemResources\FunctionalFrequency\) to help ...
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Image3D interactive manipulation slower in 10.4.1?

I've upgraded to MMa version 10.4.1 under MacOS 10.11.4 on a MBP Retina. We use Image3D a lot in our work and it seems like it has gotten very very slow in this ...
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How to setup logging levels?

I was wondering what tools exist out there for doing logging in Mathematica? The Echo functions is nice, but I'd like to set various severity levels and other ...
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Magnification of a notebook image object

When you resize an image in a notebook with your mouse you get a tool tip with size and a magnification percent for your image: Is there some way to programmatically ascertain these values in the ...
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The very bottom of CellMargins is missing

Bug introduced in 8 or earlier and persists through 10.4 Edit 16. IV 2016 I've received an answer from WRI Support: [...] It does appear that CellMargins is ...
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undocumented backslash-lessThan operator in strings?

I'm aware of the backslash operators in strings, as in this SE answer, but I ran across a new one. I opened a new Styled Notebook ... in the front-end GUI, chose ...
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Evaluating input cells in automatically created notebooks? [duplicate]

I've figured out how to insert Input cells and Text cells into an automatically created notebook (and, thanks to this answer, ...
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How to get a larger mouse cursor [duplicate]

I'm giving a presentation with Mathematica and want to point to things with my mouse so want the cursor to be nice and big. I've changed my cursor to be nice and big in Windows (8.1), but when I go to ...
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Automatically Created Documents don't have safety dialogs on close?

If I manually open a new DocumentNotebook in the front end using the GUI, and then I put input in the document, and then try to close the document, I get a safety dialog asking me whether I want to ...
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Front end displaying all lines as dashed lines [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 10.0.1 and fixed in 10.0.2 Recently I've installed Mathematica 10.0 on my Ubuntu 14.4 Now I have some problems with its front-end, in particular it shows all lines as dashed ones ...
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Resuming SSH evaluation with XMing

I am re-asking this question since it exactly applies to my situation and it had received no answers earlier: I currently run my Mathematica on a linux computer through Putty and Xming. Xming ...
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How do I run DialogInput and SystemDialogInput by keyboard shortcut?

I have tried modifying KeyEventTranslations.tr with code: ...
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Strange caching of Palette's TaggingRules

Please follow those steps to get the idea about the problem: Let's create a palette: ...
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Blocking dialog with a blocking child dialog

Suppose I have a DialogInput, in which there is a Button. The Button can trigger another ...
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Is it possible to split the last cell in a group of cells, such that the split-off part remains grouped with the old group? How can one achieve this?

I have a notebook with several groups of cells grouped with their respective headlines (Title ... down to Subsubsection). I grouped them all manually. It often becomes necessary, to add something to ...
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Minimap of a notebook? [closed]

I usually code in Atom or Sublime, both of which have a very nice high level outline of the entire file called a minimap. Here's an example: It scrolls with you and highlights the area of the file ...
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Mathematica freezes on autocomplete [duplicate]

For some reason, Mathematica has started freezing whenever I try to type anything into it. I can paste text into notebooks, but as soon as I start typing the window will freeze and it will cease to ...
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UI problem of changing color of text

Bug introduced in 10.0.1 and persisting through 10.4.0 It seems that Mathematica has some problem of changing color of text in a notebook. When I choose a color, I need to click "OK" several times ...
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Why does OptionInspector not act on grouped cells?

I found out that hyphenation for German text is horrible in Mathematica 10.4. So I want to switch it off alltogether. For this purpose, I select all cells in my notebook. Then I invoke ...
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Frontend flickering [closed]

The front end is flickering on hyperlink mouse-over events: Is there any way to avoid this, or any option that could boost the front end's frame rate for mouse related dynamic events?
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Why one needs two Unevaluated to show 1+1 correctly in TreeForm?

The task sounds simple, give the tree plot of 1+1. However, after some trying, I can only make this possible by using two Unevaluated. ...
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What causes the error NotebookEvaluate::nbnfnd?

Help says: NotebookEvaluate can take either a NotebookObject or a filename referencing a notebook file. therefore, I wonder why ...
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How to find the background color in Placeholder

I would like to know how to find the background color used in Placeholder[abc]. It is some kind of Yellowish-Pinkish, I think. There is also a ...
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What is a printer's point?

Edit 28. IV 2016, Reply from WRI: The developer replied today to the documentation question we are having. He agrees the statements in the 2 reference pages can be clarified. [...] ...
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Magnifying the Help documents without magnifying the images therein

In Mathematica's Option Inspector I set the notebook magnification factor to be larger than 1, for example 1.12, ("Notebook Options"->"Display Options"). Accordingly contents of the Help browser are ...
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Guidelines for planning custom GUI in Mathematica

This post is here to save your time during GUI development in Mathematica. And one way to do this is to know where limits are and to be aware of features that are awaiting. Intro Usually I don't ...
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How to generate docs for your package? [duplicate]

I don't have Wolfram Workbench, is there any other simple way to build documentation notebooks (like the built in documentation) for your custom packages?
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How can I convert a CounterBox into a number?

There must be a possibility to convert a CounterBox into a number. For example ...
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Cannot find BaseDirectory or UserBaseDirectory in Mac OS El Capitan

I am new to Mac OS, so this might be a silly question, but.... I just searched for $BaseDirectory and $UserBaseDirectory in my ...
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Weird copy and paste behaviour [closed]

If I select and copy some text from a Text-cell, say, Cell["Test", "Text"] and paste this somewhere (like here) I get: ...
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How can I get the current Pagenumber of a Selected cell in another open Notebook? [closed]

I try to make a Table of Contents of a set of notebooks. Author Tools is crashing regularly when using paginate. I tried to use something like (inspired by another post here form HEIKE - ...
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Segmentation fault on auto-complete

My front-end freezes as soon as I type more than two letters in a notebook. I think the error occurs, when the auto-complete feature kicks in. If Mathematica was started from a terminal, the following ...
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What is the equivalent of $ModuleNumber for DynamicModule

Mathematica provides access to $ModuleNumber which can be enormously useful. Unfortunately I can't find the equivalent for ...
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How to reference a cell in a different notebook

I am creating a 'Table of contents' (TOC) generator not unlike the AuthorTools. My "generator" creates cells like the following in the TOC.nb: ...
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How to unlock a stylesheet which is not needed anymore by the FrontEnd

Reply from WRI Support: [...] This indeed seems to be an issue with the Frontend on Windows and I have alerted the development team about this. Unfortunately I do not have a work around at ...