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How to create a button that colors a selected piece of text in a cell?

I use Mathematica 9.0.1 and I want change the color of a selection in a text cell using a button. But when I use this code it changes the color of the entire cell. ...
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What's the internal command for entering a fraction?

I'm looking for the FrontEnd`Foo[...]-like command that's triggered when pressing Ctrl + /. Are there any discoverability ...
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Aligning Text Using Spaces While Maintaining Pretty Print

To help illustrate my problem, consider the following cell: First thing to notice is that there is syntax highlighting. Second, I can pretty print mathematics; that is, I see $x^2$ instead of ...
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Change “Format type of new input cells” to InputForm

In Preferences -> Evaluation there is a menu to change "Format type of new input cells" and the only options available are: StandardForm, TraditionalForm, and Raw InputForm. Is it possible to set ...
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Can one optimize AutomaticNumbering feature?

If one wants to use the automatic numbering feature of Mathematica, he has to make tags for cells of the type he wants to be referenced to. Then, as soon as he needs to make a reference to the tagged ...
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Autocomplete short symbol names in non-global context

Is it possible in v9 to autocomplete the short symbol names when one is operating in a context other than Global`? I.e. after evaluating the following: ...
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Does an equivalent of marks in vim exist for navigating notebooks quickly? [duplicate]

Is it possible in the Mathematica front-end to associate a keyboard shortcut with a cursor location in the notebook (kind of like marks in vim) so that one can return to them quickly later? (Just ...
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High Contrast Syntax-Highlighting

I have a neurological disorder which causes me to have migraines if I look at a white computer screen. To combat this, I have put the following at the top of all of my Mathematica notebooks: ...
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Looking for documentation on code editor's color/style highlighting

Where can I find reference documentation (as opposed to, e.g., tutorials, etc.) on the meanings of the various color/style highlightings that Mathematica automatically assigns to code as one types it? ...
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Is there a convenient way to localize all variables in a new notebook? [duplicate]

I often digress to test some others’ code when working on my own problems. Usually, I have to check if there are conflict variables. Of course, it is not a wise way. By contrast, all the variables in ...
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How can I get the style of selected cells?

How can I get the style such as Input, Text, Code, etc., of a selected cell? If a group of cells is selected, how can I get styles of all the cells in the group?
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Can anyone explain this strange behavior of InputForm?

In Mathematica 9.0.0, when to display the input form of two numbers, I come across maybe a puny problem. In order to focus on the problem, I will put up a simplified version. ...
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Is there a callback for notebook exit?

I know that $Epilog is called when Mathematica is exited; is there a callback upon exiting the notebook? If so, what is it?
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Manipulate (Linux version of Mathematica)

I'm runnning Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 11.10. After installing CDF player I still have problem (most of time) with Manipulate. Only way I'm able to change value of a ...
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How to change Mathematica cursor globally? [duplicate]

I usually use my OS with negative colors (to keep my eyes calm...). I had seen a function called MouseAppearence that changes the cursor. I would like configure ...
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How to zoom and pan a ListLinePlot?

I'm using ListLinePlot inside a Manipulate function to display some data. I've seen that Mathematica allows zooming and panning ...
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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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How can I add a background to a stylesheet?

In version 9 we can set the background to an image, however I'd like to save this into a stylesheet that can be installed.
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Copy last/second last (etc.) input from history into current cell

I like to use terminals (e.g. gnome-terminal) where you can use the up key to copy the last command into the current input 'field'. For example, to repeat the last ...
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Copy and pasted graphics are fuzzy

I have a function that creates a 2D line with filling to the axis. When I copy this graphic into MS Word it is very fuzzy, so much so that the numbers and text are almost unreadable, not to mention ...
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How to prevent output truncation when importing large Graphics?

The Evaluation Preferences in Mathematica specify a maximum output size of 1048576 Bytes before truncation occurs. That makes a ...
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How can I style a cell frame with rounded corners?

I'd like use rounded rectangles for my cell style, but I'm not sure if this is possible. Perhaps it can be faked with an image as a background for it?
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Extracting text from cells, preserving non-ASCII characters

Consider the following setup, based on this answer by WReach: ...
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Beginner: Saving & Reloading but Preserving Input/Output [duplicate]

This is my first post on this StackExchange. I made a Mathematica Notebook with a simulated data set the other day, just to learn the basics of making different graphs and creating a linear ...
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Where is KeyEventTranslations.tr in Mathematica 9?

I can't find the file in it's usual place /Library/Mathematica/FrontEnd/... was it removed?
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Why is Mathematica limiting the execution time of my calculation? [duplicate]

Is there a Front End option (or programming option) in Mathematica 9 that limits the amount of time that functions take to execute? I have a function (as part of a Mathematica Application) that shows ...
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Is there a way to programmatically set global preferences?

Can I set global preferences that are accessible via "Edit"->"Preferences" programmatically from within a notebook? As learned from this question, turning off anti-aliasing can make a huge difference ...
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Determining End of Notebook with Mathematica 9

The application package I had working in Mathematica 8 no longer works in Mathematica 9. I believe the problem lies in how I cycle through cells and test for reaching the last cell of the notebook. ...
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How to make “Text” Cell which does not auto-format in TraditionalForm in-line math expressions?

This is a continuation of the previous post: How to enter textual subscripts and superscripts?. When dealing with complex in-line math expressions inside a "Text" ...
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How to enter textual subscripts and superscripts?

When I add a sub- or superscript to a letter in a "Text" cell using the "Writing Assistant" palette this letter becomes Italic: ...
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Repeating the contents of one cell in another, in “real time”

How could I create two Input cells, such that when the first is evaluated, the contents of the first are copied to the second? So for example, there would be two empty cells - let's call them A and B ...
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Highlighting bracketing in Mathematica [duplicate]

I'm working with lists of lists of lists. Each box with information has a specific format like information = {{a},{{b}},{{{c},{d}},{e,{f}}},{g}} and so ...
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Why is MenuCommandKey not working in my stylesheet?

Here is the cell style data for my custom version of Section: ...
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Are formal characters like \[FormalA] to be used differently than other symbols?

I noticed that Mathematica has a set of special 'Formal' characters such as \[FormalA], \[FormalB] , etc.. In the front end, it ...
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Printing grouped cells

How can I print grouped cells with CellPrint ? The closest thing I have to what I want to do is this ...
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Poor anti-aliasing in Rotated text with ClearType on

There is a problem on my system that occurs when text is rotated 90 degrees as it is in frame labels. This only happens when ClearType is turned on, and only around 90 degrees of rotation. I am ...
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FontSubstitutions: how do they work?

I'm puzzled by FontSubstitutions. The help says this: FontSubstitutions is an option for Style and Cell that gives a list of substitutions to try for font ...
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What is the full list of all font families?

I'm having trouble finding a complete list of the FontFamily strings that mathematica supports.
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Can Button[] generate output without using Print[]?

Button[] beguiles me. A simple example follows: ...
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How can I improve Mathematica's resolution on a macbook retina display?

Mathematica 9.0 looks a bit fuzzy on the retina screen, how can I increase the resolution? Here another screenshot showing a direct comparison between the browser and Mathematica
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in v9, backspace causes cell to become section style

In the front end of v9, in any given cell that contains content, if I hit backspace to clear the content until there is nothing left, and then hit backspace one more time, the cell becomes a ...
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Automatic recovery after crash

I want Mathematica to periodically autosave my notebooks to the temp folder. And in case of front-end crash i want to see the dialog after restart with the following choices: recover from autosaved ...
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Font Issues: “Like Resource 58” error

I'm running Mathematica 9.0.0 on a Macbook Air with OSX 10.6.8 and I've recently started having issues with the font in the program. All special characters are being replaced with other characters in ...
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How to catch the “Preemptive” evaluations from within the main loop?

When trying to make an optimized version of my plotRange fonction I faced a problem of catching the "Preemptive" evaluations ...
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Accessing data on local machine from remote kernel

I have a remote kernel on a server that I would like to use to process some data. The connection works, i.e, I'm able to use the local front end and the remote kernel. However, I cannot figure out how ...
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How to work around Mathematica hanging when showing a large SparseArray?

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 In Mathematica 9, if I display any large SparseArray object in the default way (which looks something like ...
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How to specify default style in Mathematica 9

In Mathematica 8, I can use GraphicsBoxOptions->{DefaultBaseStyle->{"Graphics", FontFamily -> "Helvetica", FontSize -> 14}} to specify the default font ...
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How to automate generation of image files?

I need to generate a large number of figures as PNG files, and I'm trying to decide whether Mathematica would be the quickest way to do this. All the figures have the same basic structure, and I'm ...
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Changing size and color of a Text on version 9

I am running v9 on mac pro and think that I am doing something wrong. When commenting the solution of a particular exercise I add a text cell (command 7) and type the comment which is nothing more ...
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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. ...