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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 'section'....
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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. ...
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How to copy code out of notebook to an external text editor without extra line feeds being added?

I am simply trying to copy code from a cell (input cell) in a notebook, to paste the code into a plain text editor, and not have some lines wrap in the middle. I need to copy the code, as is, to a ...
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Is it possible to embed a notebook as a panel in a java GUI?

I'd like to create a GUI that displays a tree, some text boxes, buttons, and then as a panel, a fully-functional notebook. Is that possible?
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How to set MouseAppearance to void?

I need to get an output graphics which does not show mouse cursor over itself. I didn't find a corresponding value in MouseAppearance documentation and ended up ...
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Do you really want to quit the kernel? Yes!

When I have entered some bad code and hit shift+enter before thinking about the perils of finite RAM my computer obviously starts suffering. I have found two options that usually lets me recover ...
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Why does Dynamic output cause CPU usage when onscreen?

I write such a line in Mathematica: {Slider[Dynamic[s]], Dynamic[f[x_] := s*x]} After evaluation, the CPU immediately runs at full power. And if you scroll the ...
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Export notebook file without launching front-end

I am using a Mathematica script to programmatically generate a Mathematica notebook. The script generates a Notebook expression and then uses ...
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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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How to edit a hyperlink once created inside a notebook?

When a hyperlink is created in a notebook, there does not seem to be an easy way to actually edit the hyperlink (maybe to correct the URL). To hyperlink some text, one selects the text using the ...
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How to create an executable notebook in Mac OS X

All, I am looking for help to create a notebook to be executed via terminal in MAC OSX. The notebook uses the front end. This is what I have so far ...
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Dynamically link cell content in Mathematica?

Is it possible to dynamically link the content of two cells? For example, can I set up a Notebook with two text cells that display the same value, and if the user types in one the other updates, etc.? ...
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How to get full-screen graphics canvas?

Is it possible to create a full-screen graphics without any front end elements like cell brackets and scrollbars? The zero approximation can be ...
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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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Is there a shortcut to select all cells above the current cursor position?

Is there a command / menu entry / keyboard shortcut to evaluate all cells above / up to the current cursor position? I have the feeling I am missing something elementary here... Addendum: In fact, it ...
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3D plots wrongly displayed when using GraphicsRow in Linux

I get an incorrect vertical offset in 3D plots when using GraphicsRow in Mathematica 9 (Linux - Ubuntu 12.04). When displayed by itself, the plot is fine. Here's an example: ...
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Special Mathematica Cell to work with R code

I have enjoyed working with R inside Mathematica. But it would be nice If I could have a special R cell. For example, instead of typing ...
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Is it possible to improve Mathematica's auto-completion feature?

In this answer Brett Champion describes how one can intercept and modify the suggestions used for auto-completion. Question: Is it possible to modify the suggestion for the automatic auto-completion ...
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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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Save notebook without including Front End version information

How can a notebook be saved without including the front end version? If you open a .nb file, you'll see something like ...
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Failure to export graphics by right-click when Notebook magnification is changed

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.4.1 or later When I try to export graphics as PNG, JPG and other rasterized formats using the right-click and choosing ...
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How can selection of delimiter matches be disabled?

I often preemptively match delimiters. As a simple example, I'll type Import[], then left arrow, then "filename". The problem ...
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How to print preview a selection?

When printing (file->print...) there's the possibility of printing just the current selection. This is useful for printing just a couple of cells, or some chapters. The file menu also has Print ...
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How to insert a link to a generic file, in the middle of a text style cell/paragraph?

It is easy to insert a Hyperlink to a notebook file, or to an internet address, in the middle of a text style cell (Ctrl+Shift+H or menu: Insert->hyperlink). Trying to create a hyperlink to a file ...
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Subscript and Part: What's going on in this example?

Example I came across the following simple example from A Beginner's Guide to Mathematica, by McMahon and Topa, which I believe was written circa version 5.2. (FWIW, I'm using v9.) ...
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Write-protect documentation for self-written Add-on package

My package works fine so far, and now I want to add some documentation. I have put a file in ...
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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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keeping parentheses size the same in Input cells when using 2D math

I like to group the 2 parts of the If statement and others like it by using () to help me be able to still understand what my ...
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Quick way to invert a fraction

Over the years of using Mathematica, I find myself doing something along the lines of rewriting this: $\frac{[A^-_F]}{[A^-_U] + \frac{[H^+][A^-_U]}{\kappa_1}}$ as this: $\frac{[A^-_U] + \frac{[H^+][...
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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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What are \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and \[InvisiblePostfixScriptBase]?

In the non-printing characters documentation, I see two named characters that are largely undocumented: \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and ...