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How to find the background color in Placeholder

I would like to know how to find the background color used in Placeholder[abc]. It is some kind of Yellowish-Pinkish, I think. There is also a ...
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What is a printer's point?

Edit 28. IV 2016, Reply from WRI: The developer replied today to the documentation question we are having. He agrees the statements in the 2 reference pages can be clarified. [...] ...
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Magnifying the Help documents without magnifying the images therein

In Mathematica's Option Inspector I set the notebook magnification factor to be larger than 1, for example 1.12, ("Notebook Options"->"Display Options"). Accordingly contents of the Help browser are ...
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Guidelines for planning custom GUI in Mathematica

This post is here to save your time during GUI development in Mathematica. And one way to do this is to know where limits are and to be aware of features that are awaiting. Intro Usually I don't ...
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How to generate docs for your package? [duplicate]

I don't have Wolfram Workbench, is there any other simple way to build documentation notebooks (like the built in documentation) for your custom packages?
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How can I convert a CounterBox into a number?

There must be a possibility to convert a CounterBox into a number. For example ...
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Cannot find BaseDirectory or UserBaseDirectory in Mac OS El Capitan

I am new to Mac OS, so this might be a silly question, but.... I just searched for $BaseDirectory and $UserBaseDirectory in my ...
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Weird copy and paste behaviour [closed]

If I select and copy some text from a Text-cell, say, Cell["Test", "Text"] and paste this somewhere (like here) I get: ...
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How can I get the current Pagenumber of a Selected cell in another open Notebook? [closed]

I try to make a Table of Contents of a set of notebooks. Author Tools is crashing regularly when using paginate. I tried to use something like (inspired by another post here form HEIKE - ...
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Segmentation fault on auto-complete

My front-end freezes as soon as I type more than two letters in a notebook. I think the error occurs, when the auto-complete feature kicks in. If Mathematica was started from a terminal, the following ...
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What is the equivalent of $ModuleNumber for DynamicModule

Mathematica provides access to $ModuleNumber which can be enormously useful. Unfortunately I can't find the equivalent for ...
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How to reference a cell in a different notebook

I am creating a 'Table of contents' (TOC) generator not unlike the AuthorTools. My "generator" creates cells like the following in the TOC.nb: ...
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How to unlock a stylesheet which is not needed anymore by the FrontEnd

Reply from WRI Support: [...] This indeed seems to be an issue with the Frontend on Windows and I have alerted the development team about this. Unfortunately I do not have a work around at ...
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What options and settings can be used to create print quality typeset documents with Mathematica?

If I am proficient on dedicated typesetting software (e.g. LaTeX) it makes sense to use that for typesetting but if I am not how can I use Mathematica to create good quality documents. The question ...
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Change the default package toolbar? [duplicate]

Everytime a package file (.m or .wl), it opens with the standard package toolbar (a docked cell) ...
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Updating styles which are based on styles changed in private stylesheet

Intro Styles can inherit from other styles: base one style on another? And for example WolframAlphaLong is inheriting from ...
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Choosing specific font variants

Many fonts come with several variants that can be accessed from most OS X applications. Here's an example showing several variants of the Latin Modern Roman font. (These variants in the screenshot ...
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FormatType with respect to Cell's content

Minimal example: Let's establish a notebook's stylesheet with additional TestStyle which has a FormatType->"CellExpression": ...
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How to put Magnification control in docked cell

I have made a handy toolbar that provides access to menu items that are not visible when I F12 a workbook. I would like to add the following function to a button in the toolbar: ...
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What governs images resizing in the FrontEnd environment

What is responsible for the middle Row images' size? And why single image row is different? ...
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Setting WholeCellGroupOpener [duplicate]

When I write WholeCellGroupOpener, Mathematica autocompletes it, but it doesn't recognize it (it stays blue instead of turning black). Example: ...
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Selection of all the objects with the same style in a notebook [duplicate]

In a notebook, I would like to select all the cells with the "Text" style to change their style. How is possible to do this with a automatic process? For the moment I can do it only cell by cell.
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Button to close cells

I want to have a button that closes cells with a specific tag. The following code does what I want: ...
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How to Build a Drop Down Menu? [duplicate]

I am new to Mathematica so I am sorry if the question is rudimentary. :) When I was reading the help page, I noticed that there is a structure like the picture below for the topics in the help page ...
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Private Style in a StyleSheet with preformatted text

I want to create a new Style in my private StyleSheet. I duplicated the Style "Text" and made some alterations. Now I want that a Cell with this style has an expression already filled in, for example "...
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Notebook Magnification changes - Why?

I have written a notebook but in order to edit it, I prefer 125% magification or even 150%. I know Window>Magnification. Also there is a small symbol on the right bottom of the notebook, where I can ...
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keyboard shortcut to invoke Insert new matrix

I frequently need to type in some matrices, and the menu command Insert>Table/Matrix>New... ...
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How to find words within cells of same style

I have long notebook with several cells styles (Input, Output, Text, Section, Subsection,...), and I want to find words in the notebook only in the cells have same style. It is very annoying when you ...
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Windows 10 taskbar pushes MMA window

I finally gave in and upgraded to Windows 10 yesterday. Everything is running smoothly so far. The only problem I have is that when the taskbar pops up, it pushes my focused Mathematica window up. ...
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How to Add a PageBreak menu by MenuSetup.tr

In 1998 there was a discussion on comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica how to add am PageBreak menu to Mathematica. I used the recipe from there for very long time (in fact, I used Mathematica 4 till ...
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No Way to paste a Picture from Clipboard under Linux?

As far as I remember, on a Windows PC in the old days of Mathematica 4 I could paste an image from the clipboard by just pressing Ctl-V. This seems to be no longer available on my Linux PC. If I try ...
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Author Tools layout for a table of contents

Can someone point me at the place, where the Layout of the Table of Contents is stored in the Author Tools. There should be some style sheet, but I can't find it. Author Tools is still a very useful ...
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Why does the front-end no longer like MixedRadix as an argument for UnitConvert?

I often find MixedRadix very useful for make certain kinds of unit conversions. For example, ...
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Browse and Import local files with inline autocomplete? [duplicate]

Inline auto-complete is convenient: Can it be extended to browse and import local filesystem? I'm aware of the [[Experimental]] (since V 9?) AutoComplete could be used interactively with ...
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hotkey to mark the current cell and make it a text cell

In order to write to a Text cell, you usually just start typing. Then you find out that you are writing in an Input cell. Then you want to convert the current cell to a Text cell. In order to to this ...
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Non-English spell checking dictionaries in Mathematica: Where to get them?

I simply want to be able to spell check my (german) notebooks. There was a question similar to this but with no answer: Non-english spell check dictionaries for Mathematica? You can find this ...
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How to close all windows or just quit mathematica from code? [duplicate]

So my problem is that I want to be able to close all of my currently open windows/notebooks from my code, but Quit[] only quits the current kernel. Is there any ...
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Is there a way to hide and show manually inserted page breaks?

If I create a Notebook that includes multiple pages I know that I can show/hide page breaks by using menu item File ► Printing Settings ► Show Page Breaks. I can ...
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How to start at a given arbitrary PageNumber

I have a Script with several sub-notebooks. I want to start the page of the body-text at 1 with content and foreword before that page. How can I assign a page number to show up in the print-out? I ...
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How to abort evaluation when clicking CancelButton

If you run the following code you will notice that the evaluation continues in the following cells. I want to abort evolution if CancelButton is clicked. I tried ...
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Results of a function are different when the function call and subsequent statements are evaluated one line at a time

I have some code that I am porting from VBA to Mathematica. The original code processes data on an Excel spreadsheet. In Mathematica, I find it convenient to replicate the Excel spreadsheet data ...
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How to indent/align Header 4

What's the deal with Header 4 (⌘ + 4 on OS X)? Are there options to align under or to the right of Header 3? Also remove the overbar? Couldn't find anything in Options Inspector.
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Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8

What does the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8 does in Mathematica (version 10)? On Windows 8.1 it displays a little square: I can write in it, but I don't understand what it does.
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How to use an ExpressionCell to display e.g. an Input cell inside a generated output?

It's not that I can't live with that but I don't understand why e.g: ExpressionCell[ Defer @ Style["string", Red], "Input"] is not showing quote marks? This ...
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How do I set Mathematica to open a specific folder - When I type “Command + O” in OS X [closed]

When I type "Command + O", in Mac OSX 10, Mathematica automatically opens my directory: "Users/john" How can I change this setting to make it open "Users/john/Documents/Mathematica/GameOfLife" the ...
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Custom Mathematica Command Conventions?

I'll probably get ripped apart over this, but: Is there an option to make Mathematica use more common formatting conventions when dealing with commands? For example, most programming languages use ...
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Docked cell showing keystrokes and mouse buttons actions

When I send bug reports to WRI, sometimes I attach a screen video record, like on the following example (that I just sent as an improvement suggestion). As you can see, I use OSD Hotkey, to make sure ...
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How to have an Input cell that doubles as an Output

Motivation / examples: on a spreadsheet environment, each cell doubles as input and output. If we click on it, it shows the input; if we hit Enter, it shows the output; on this answer, I tried to ...
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How to change default font for all existing notebooks at once?

By default, Mathematica 9 and 10 use Gill Sans MT fonts for headings of title/subtitle/section/subsection/subsubsection. Unfortunately, Gill Sans MT fonts have no Cyrillic letters, so that all ...
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Paste[$\,$] does not paste the current system clipboard

As described in the documentation, the Paste function, Paste[] pastes the contents of the system clipboard in the input ...