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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 improve these WASD + mouse look 3D controls?

Insipred by this question and the corresponding answer I've written a code for full-screen exploration of 3D scenes using standard WASD and mouse look controls. Here it is. ...
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Colored marks appearing in notebook input text?

Bug introduced in 10 and fixed in 10.2 What is the causing these colored marks to appear in my Mathematica notebook? I'm particularly annoyed with the black ovals that occasionally obscure parts of ...
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Is it possible to regain Mathematica 5.2's palette input focus behaviour with version 8.0?

Between Mathematica 5.2 and later versions, there has been a change in determining which notebook gets the palette input focus, which leads to quite unfortunate behaviour if you use ...
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Multiple windows in Mathematica help

I'm new in Mathematica, and would like to know how can I open multiple help windows at the same time. It's this possible? I'm using Mac OS. I know it works for link in the help page with right mouse ...
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How to copy hyperlink addresses using the keyboard

I would like to copy the address of a hyperlink in Mathematica using the keyboard. I found code for copying hyperlink addresses in ContextMenus.tr: ...
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Why does the Ver. 10.0 FrontEnd lose matching of parentheses when we insert quotations?

I am running Mathematica 10.0.1 on a four-year old iMac running OS 10.6.8. The following irritating behavior occurs regularly: I have a list with parentheses, and later on I need to add something to ...
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Is this behaviour, producing OutputSizeLimit`Dump`encapsulateOutput, a bug?

Bug introduced in 6.0.0 and persisting through 10.2.0 The input ...
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What is stored in FrontEnd memory?

I quit the kernel, and closed all notebooks, leaving only the startup window. Yet when I open a new notebook, MemoryInUse[$FrontEnd] reveals that the FrontEnd still ...
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How can we extend the predictive interface so it can suggest new operations?

Introduction Mathematica 9 has introduced a new predictive interface. For each output, it suggest possible actions the user might want to take. How can this interface be extended so that it will ...
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How can I export aligned equations to $\LaTeX$?

Using Palettes -> Writing Assistant -> Math Cells, you can enter aligned equations such as: ...
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Page Break Adjustment In Long Documents

Has anyone else had trouble in relocating page breaks in a long document? In a ~45 page long document I wanted to keep certain things on the same page. The system worked on the first three or four ...
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TeXToBoxes and BoxesToTeX BoxRules options

A recent question has gotten me to look more into the tex conversion rules. Consider the following latex string: ...
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How to execute code on FrontEnd quit?

I would like to execute a block of code whenever the FrontEnd quits. I know about $Epilog, but it seems that this would execute every time the kernel quits, which ...
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After editing a file Mathematica 10 interprets […]^2 as […(])^2

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.2 or later This is a very weird bug and I don't really know how to reproduce it, so I'll just copy-paste the whole code ...
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Can I modify line-break behavior of inline cells?

When I insert an InlineCell into a TextCell that is too long for the whole InlineCell to fit ...
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NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option

Why NotebookWrite[ EvaluationNotebook[], Cell["ZZ", "Section", WholeCellGroupOpener -> True] ] produces: ...
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Automatic replacing of [ with []

I tried to modify the KeyEventTranslations.tr file in order to always place a closed bracket instead of an open bracket once I press ...
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How to restrict the mouse cursor to stay within a box?

I'm trying to use Mathematica to write small games, and I find that it would help to restrict the player's mouse into the game window (just like other games do). Is there any way to achieve this? ...
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What is the difference between NotebookEvaluate and FrontEndToken

I am wondering what exactly are the differences in using NotebookEvaluate[filename] vs ...
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Documentation for user-defined functions; undocumented documentation feature?

I stumbled on some strange behaviour when trying out the new function template and documentation features, now purportedly working in v 9.0.1. I defined a function ...
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Does one need to be careful about loading multiple (many) contexts or packages in the same session?

I have a number of large pieces of precomputed data which I am considering putting into individual packages in order to load them (via DeclarePackage) and unload ...
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ShowSelection color

The color of a selection is controlled by the operating system. E.g., enter the following code in separate cells. ...
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Limiting the use of discrete graphics card on Mac

Apple's laptop running Mac OS have a pretty nice feature to make the battery last longer: the dynamically switch between the low-power integrated graphics card and the higher-performance dedicated ...
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Color degrades when using Copy As Bitmap

I have discovered a problem that affects my use of Mathematica. When I use the menu command Edit > Copy As > Bitmap the colors in the copy are subtly degraded. To make this more apparent I copied ...
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How is CellContext->CellGroup supposed to work?

After reading the documentation on the subject, I still cannot get CellContext->CellGroup to work. Here's a simple example. (Unfortunately, I cannot easily ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

Behavior remains unchanged through Mathematica version 10.1.0 As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to ...
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How to keep $FrontEnd options from resetting?

I'm trying to get Mathematica to look in a different, version-tracked folder for the 'TextResources' files that it uses to build the Front End. I've prepended my version-tracked folder path to the ...
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how to efficiently jump between sections in a notebook?

I have functions defined in some section of the notebook and some cells where I use these functions maaaaany pages below in the same notebook. If I want to go and change the definition of the function ...
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Why FrontEnd`KernelExecute doesn't work in KeyEventTranslations.tr?

Which commands can you put in KeyEventTranslations.tr ? There is an extensive list of FrontEndTokens, but what else can you use? Why something like this doesn't ...
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some Graphics output do not fully render on the screen until an extra click is made into the notebook

Sometimes when using a command such as Grid and looking at the output, some of the actual lines (frame, gridlines) that make up the display will be missing on the ...
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Embed a Microsoft RichEdit 8 control in a Mathematica notebook using .NETLink?

Does anyone know whether or not it's possible to embed a RichEdit 8 control within a Mathematica Notebook using .NETLink? The goal here would be able to both view and edit mathematical text typeset ...
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Clear Citation Style Cache

How can I clear the "Citation Styles Cache" created when you use the EndNote citation management feature for the first time in Mathematica. The Citation Management tutorial indicates that such a ...
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Why does NotebookDelete fail on cells with Copyable set to False? Bug?

Bug introduced in 9.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.2.0 Consider this: ...
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How to export a Mathematica notebook into Markdown?

Is there a way to do this other than html + pandoc?
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Use EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me only after long evaluation

Is it possible to use the option EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me (e.g. with a Beep[]) when an evaluation that took ...
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How to Check Spelling strings written inside input cells

Is it possible to check the spelling of strings? Strings are often used to show messages in my user interfaces, and I would like to have an automatic checking. Methods that export all the strings to ...
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“ClosingActions” option for FrontEnd`AttachCell

I'm looking to find the possible values for the ClosingActions options FrontEndAttachCell. I have found ...
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Ugly font rendering (ubuntu 12, overrides system settings)

Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12 renders fonts very poorly. Text is readable, but it makes it very hard to concentrate on programming. Since smoothing on Ubuntu on low DPI screens isn't very good either, ...
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Front-end glitch when interacting with dynamic content

This is now bugging me too much to ignore it anymore. When I interact with a notebook that has dynamic content, for example moving a slider, Mathematica regularly brings other open notebook windows to ...
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Front end responds slowly when writing

I have Mathematica 10.1 running on a Windows 7 laptop (i7 processor, 64-bit system with 4 GB Ram). The issue is that when I type in commands the letters build up very slowly on the screen. E.g. when I ...
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Change the background color of matched strings when doing find-and-replace

This is not a fundamental question, but it puzzles me. In doing a Find & Replace for some string in a notebook, the matched string is highlighted temporarily with some background color (green for ...
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Changing scroll range for mouse wheel

Is there a possibility to change the range for scrolling with the mouse wheel in Mathematica? In ScrollingOptions I couldn't find such an option. I played around ...
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Transparent bitmaps in controllers. Problem with initial appearance

Bug reproduced in V10.1 on Win7 I have a problem with images with alpha channel which I want to use as labels on Button etc. Unless I scroll or move cursor over ...
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How can I set up a cell style that is ascending dates?

Outline style notebooks have cell counters that are simply ascending numbers, but what if I want to apply a function to them and have descending dates like this: So that they auto format and the ...
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How can I make a stylesheet that counts subcells?

The example cells in the documentation each have count of the cells inside their section: ...
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Why do PopupMenus render inconsistently on Macs?

This has been bugging me for years but because it doesn't effect performance I've never got around to asking. The problem below occurs for me in V8, 9, 10 with OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10. I've tested ...
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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before the 'i' in With I ...
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StyleSheet for custom application

I'm working on a package that needs to be installed into an arbitrary, "non standard" path (i.e., not $BaseDirectory or ...
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Suggested Settings for Mathematica over X11/SSH Tunnel

I am happy to discover that I can run a Mathematica session tunneled over SSH. However, as expected for X11 applications over the network, Mathematica's GUI does not have the responsiveness that I ...