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Combine InputAlias with InputString to parse expressions from a string

My knowledge of low-level notebook programming is very limited so I would be very grateful for any input regarding the following issue: I would like to define an input alias (via ...
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Emulate Powerpoint behavior: Show additional cell content with each click

Is it possible to emulate powerpoint animation behavior during a presentation with Mathematica? Considering a notebook with cell of numbered items or even several cells, is it possible to display a ...
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Question about usage of Style as Dynamic object

I saw a Dynamic snippet in this answer, which wrote ...
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undisputed FrontEndTokenExecute

Thanks to this great topic, I've found the FrontEndToken that I was looking for: "DeleteGeneratedCells" (well, it is also ...
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Cell brackets on left side?

Is it possible to have the cell brackets on the left? I looked through the options and couldn't find anything, but maybe it's some kind of esoteric style setting or something. The reason I'm looking ...
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Combination of CellPrint and PrintTemporary, or DisplayForm for Cells

I'm programmatically generating some formatted output that generates a cell in the form of a Cell[] expression. For instance, the output might be ...
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How to configure two Mathematica in different places with different settings

For some reasons, I should use two language versions Mathematica. The most reason is I want to see the comparison of Help page(English version and Chinese version) to improve my English, both are ...
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Use Initialization Cells to open a CellGroup

I would like to use "Evaluate Initialization Cells" to open a CellGroup in a notebook. However, the following code doesn't work if placed in an initialization cell: ...
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Making large tables easy to read with frozen headings and scrollbars [duplicate]

I would like to represent a table containing a large amount of information in such a way that I can (a) use scrollbars and (b) have table headings that don't scroll off the screen [just like the Free ...
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ShowSelection color [closed]

The color of a selection is controlled by the operating system. E.g., enter the following code in separate cells. ...
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Is it possible to make v9 ignore case when completing names?

In v8, I could type, say, fulls or texf to get FullSimplify or ...
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How can I make a cell that contains an image which can be shifted?

When you're looking at some help pages, they may have cells containing images which can be shifted within the cell by left-clicking and dragging the mouse. Here is a sample: tutorial/...
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Manipulate slider unresponsive after suspend in Linux

I've tested Linux Mathematica versions 7-9 on various Linux distributions, with identical problem: after suspend/resume cycle my Manipulate controls (i.e. sliders&buttons) appear unresponsive, ...
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Predictive code completion and custom functions in contexts

Suppose I work for organisation PQR, and have been developing a suite of packages, PQRUtilities, PQRVisualization etc, all of ...
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Use different kernels for different Notebooks

I know that the command LaunchKernels[] starts up four kernels on my machine: ...
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Autocomplete not working on Mma9 on Linux

I started using Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12.10 and, sometimes, autocomplete doesn't work. The suggestions window shows up for just a fraction of second, and quickly disappears. Do you have any idea on ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for Centered Math Cell?

I've been typesetting in mathematica and would like to know if it is possible to use a keyboard shortcut to place a centered math cell or equation symbol aligned math cell in my document without ...
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Cannot save file

Hello I have a problem in saving files in Mathematica. I can't save not only notebooks but also figures. When I choose to save the notebook it open a window that says: Mathematica could not find ...
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On Reverting Code that Mma Switches to Raw Input Form Back to Standard Form

I experienced a similar issue to what is described in this post while editing formatted usage messages (that contained italics) in the declaration section of a package that I'm developing in the ...
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Help bogged down at first query [duplicate]

When I open help at the first time in a mathematica session and I submit a query it always get bogged down for many seconds until a message appears as in the picture. Then I select continue waiting, I ...
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Is it possible to create Evaluatable cell which will be automatically overwritten?

Am trying to generate an Evaluatable cell which itself is an output cell which will be overwritten when the original Input cell ...
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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my work is a need to import some experimental data to work with. This means that my notebook depends on some external files which makes it difficult to share it with others and ...
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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. ...