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How to change the start path of SystemDialogInput

It seems that every time the start directory of SystemDialogInput is always the same, is it possible to set the start directory to the last used directory? For ...
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Difference between double quotes

I have a notebook and I enter something like PlotLabel->"my label with dynamic number "<>ToString[strange] and I get errors like However, the double ...
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Zoom settings other than 50% 75% 100%, [duplicate]

Is it possible to choose a zoom setting other than what's provided at the bottom of each Notebook window (50%, 75%, 100%, 125%, 150%, 200%, 300%)?
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Open a .txt file in Mathematica [closed]

i have a .txt file written for Mathematica, but wenn I open it with Mathematica, there is just an unreadable text and no graphs and simulations like it should actually be, could you tell me how to ...
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Error with comments inside and expression

I found this strange parsing error with comments inside of an expression in Version 7. And example is {{1, x}, {1, y} (* {1, z (= 5+6)} *)}; It occurs depending ...
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Keyboard shortcut for changing style of selected text (NOT the whole cell)

For many years I have been using Alt+Shift+(number) to quickly change the style of text in a text cell. For example when I write descriptive text and want some of that text to look like input form, ...
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How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?

How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?
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Prevent graphics render inside held expression

Assuming each odd line is input I would like the even lines to be the output of the following lines. In the above the Graphics are inside ...
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Default starting location of “Save as…” dialog in OS X [duplicate]

In the answer to this previous question, user Szabolcs says On OS X (I'm using 10.9 and Mathematica 9) the file chooser dialogue will remember the last location you used. So if you Save/Open ...
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Mathematica 10 'Formatting Notebook Contents'

Mathematica 10 freezes while 'Formatting notebook contents'. This happens already during the startup of Mathematica and it takes a long time for Mathematica to recover. It can also happen when I am ...
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Raising the dead (notebooks)

I have a notebook which has a lot of generated data (which I would rather not regenerate), and the kernel is dead. So, the question is, how do I recover the data in the notebook (I know it is there, ...
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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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Why do quote marks appear in output when saved with Save Selection As?

Update #2: This behavior has been confirm across platforms and in multiple versions. Therefore: Is this a bug or a feature? Can I disable this "feature" so that copying a selection of Cell contents ...
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Tracking Initialization

How to track Initialization step by step? Any tricky solution is ok. One condition, x should be ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to have any affect on the number of times a Message is repeated ...
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Format-Size-Larger/Smaller shortcut disabled in M10?

It seems that the keyboard shortcuts for enlarging/reducing the font size (ALT+= / ALT+-) don't work anymore in M10 as it did in M9. If I select the text (or code) inside a cell they work. But if I ...
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How to add Shift-Enter in external script?

I often generate MMA scripts externally w/ python to copy/paste into a notebook or run MMA directly on that file. I want resulting output interleaved w/ input commands, as would happen when the ...
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Why does GridLines option fail with Function?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 The Plot option GridLines can be specified either as a list of explicit values ...
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Making flash cards with Mathematica

I've been trying to make flash cards to help me memorize some concepts in my technical classes this semester. Since Mathematica's (mathematical) type setting is so superb, I attempted to make flash ...
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Auto highlighting input cells depending on input expression (eg its Head)

Is it possible to programmatically highlight (eg, by change background color) an input cell conditional on the input expression's Head (or other attributes) upon evaluation? For example, would like ...
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WYSIWYG table creating and editing

In Microsoft Office OneNote 2010, creating and editing tables is easy. There are simple toolbar controls for creating tables: , and editing them once they exist: . My question is, what's an easy ...
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How to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table?

Is it possible to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table ? I often end up exporting/copying big tables to Excel for seeing them, but I would prefer to stay in Mathematica and have a similar view as in ...
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Interpret TraditionalForm as InputForm

Every time I execute a command in Mathematica, it prompts me whether I would like it to remember my decision to convert TraditionalForm to InputForm. Sadly it doesn't remember my decision ? Any ...
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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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CreateDialog opening two windows instead of one

I'm having issues working with code from Mathematica 9.0.1 since I've updated to 10.0.0. My previous code involved using packages to set functions, and then those packages were loaded and the ...
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Parallel kernel and front end

I have a piece of code which looks like this: ParallelTable[ Monitor[ Table[ <code here> ,{i,i1,i2]; ,i]; ] so basically a ...
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Menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” missing in V10

The menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” seems to have disappeared in Mathematica 10 on OS X. Well, this is a bummer. I personally use Mathematica for very long calculations, and I was using this ...
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SyntaxForm not correctly parsed by FrontEnd

When using TagBox with SyntaxForm, I noticed sometimes it is not well parsed by the ...
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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 ...
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Saving a notebook as PDF, preserving syntax highlighting

Currently, one may save notebooks as PDFs from the menu by Save As... and then selecting PDF (on a Mac, I imagine it is similar on other OSs). However, the ...
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After editing a file Mathematica 10 interprets […]^2 as […(])^2

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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File-name completion for custom functions

Mathematica 10 has introduces file name completion. It works only with certain built-in functions such as Import, SetDirectory, ...
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How do I tweak the input assistant to use string completion on my own functions? [duplicate]

I would like to be able to use Mathematica's string completion feature for subvalues of my own functions. I tend to go for functions that follow the pattern ...
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Why does string completion work differently between functions?

The behaviour of string completion for functions that take strings as input is not entirely clear to me. For example, when I type a function f I tend to go through ...
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Program file deleted while running

I have a program running for some time at one computer. Today, unintentionally, I edited the program file from another computer (I use Dropbox), and the program kept running. Trying to correct my ...
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Blurred frontend text in Mathematica 10, Windows, High-DPI Display

So I have recently upgraded to a Windows ultrabook with a high-res display. All my software seems to cope just fine with the high resolution, except for Mathematica 10. Mathematica seems to pretend ...
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Is it possible to add page break in front-end? [closed]

Description: I have accomplished my undergraduate paper as a Mathematica notebook. In this condition, I find it convenient to typeset formula and words in a notebook environment. However, I feel ...
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How to expand set of fonts for mathkernel.exe?

If I am running standard Mathematica and I am choosing from the menu Format->Font, I've got everything I need. All necessary scripts are present (Western, Central European,etc.). Whereas If I run ...
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How to add an entirely new menu

Is it possible to add an entirely new menu, say menu "CustomApp" on the fly? For example a CustomApp package could add its own menu "CustomApp" with submenus, ect, once Needed. Former examples I ...
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Optimizing the front end on the Raspberry Pi

Using Mathematica's Front End on the Raspberry Pi is truly a test of one's patience. The most basic of notebooks become unresponsive after seemingly trivial additions to the notebook. Consider the ...
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Text to speech in notebooks?

Mac OS, MMA 10 -- I accidentally discovered that typing CtrlV between cells reads out the cell below, or, if you have text selected, reads out the text. CtrlV would be Edit > Paste on Windows, so ...
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Is it possible to recover the style of the previous version(V8,V9) in Windows?

In Wolfram Mathematica 10 (Windows paltform),the menu bar and files are combined together.When I narrow the window,it will become ugly shown as below! So my question is: Is it possible ...
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Build tabular like Wolfram Tutorial Collections

In Wolfram Tutorial Collections,I see many tabular shown as below: My Trial Firstly,I copy the tabular template from the WRI ...
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Is it possible to use custom GUI magnifications?

I am running Mathematica 7 on Windows XP Pro. I often use the magnification feature to zoom in on Plots, ListPlots, and ...
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How to customize the MathematicaClosingDialog.nb?

With Mathematica 10 came the closing dialog notebook, which probably most of you deactivated. (You can bring it back by dechecking "Always exit after closing last window" in ...
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Why isn't autosave enabled by default?

While I've come across several ways to implement/enable autosave (see: Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?, Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end ...
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double-backslash-file path problem@version 10.0 [duplicate]

I found this happen @ Mathematica 10 pre test version and formal English version. Copy a file from windows, then paste into FrontEnd cell, you'll get a path, such like ...
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Custom default ImageSize while allowing inheriting

When displaying graphics in the Mathematica front end, and leaving ImageSize at the default, the result will always keep its previous size. For example, ...
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Why do Tooltips slow down Dynamic so much? Is there a faster alternative?

I'm working on a Dynamic ListPlot with a few thousand plots, and it seems that wrapping the points with Tooltip slows the Dynamic responsiveness substantially. With the simple example below, dragging ...