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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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How to force Manipulate to use preserve control settings over successive evaluations

I have this Manipulate: Manipulate[Plot[Sin[a x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}], {a, 0, 3}] Now, I realize I had mistyped the expression and it's actually ...
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How to highlight the whole selected cell

Is there any way to highlight the whole selected cell? some times if I want to delete a certain cell and if the code is long and cells are without output, it is hard to know which cell that you are ...
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Front-end issue: Some glyphs not displayed

I have a weird issue, that cropped up recently: If I type \[UpArrow] and hit return, the uparrow is not displayed in the output (it is in the input). Changing the ...
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Has anyone seen (and been able to mend!) an error involving Symbol FE`DynamicModuleVariableList?

FE`ExecuteInDynamicModule::noval: Symbol FE`DynamicModuleVariableList$67 does not have a value. >> I'm just posting the error for the moment as this is a ...
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Multiple Mathematica notebooks in a tabbed window with line numbers

I have the following questions: Is there a way to open multiple mathematica notebooks in tab group rather that each mathematica notebook opened in separate window? Is there a way to display line ...
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Help function ? sometimes doesn't show help

I was just wondering if this is a known bug. When I want to get basic help using the ? command before some function name, it typically works for a while, but I've ...
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Invisible characters being inserted into the output from FindMaximum

I have been using Mathematica for quite some time but I have never seen anything like this. It started without warning and I am not sure how to fix this. Please have a look at the following example ...
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How can preserve my manual edit of an expression when exporting to LaTeX?

Context I would like to use the Mathematica front end to pre-process expressions before exporting them to LateX, for the sake of readability. Example Say I have this expression ...
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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 ...
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Mathematica script - Using front end

I'm running Mathematica on OS X and I want to create an Automator action that converts spreadsheet files. I have written this script: ...
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How to apply by default the style to the Cell instead of the selection?

It's a bit tiresome repeating ctrl-., or UpArrow, Shift-DownArrow (in Mac), or grabbing the mouse to select the bracket every time one want to change the cell style. As style commands on empty ...
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Create custom shortcut to change font color

Just wondering if I can create a custom shortcut key to change the font color of the notebook text. I've created a custom shortcut (in dkyeventtransactions.tr) to bring up the font color dialog, as ...
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DynamicModule inconsistent behavior; was: DynamicModule persistent UI changes

Update: I'll restate the question in hopefully more terse and clearer terms. To illustrate the issue, run this and save the resulting notebook: ...
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How can I insert the current date in a text cell? [closed]

Ok I must be missing something. I have a section with the "last updated date" in a text cell, I'd like it to autoupdate. Is there a "insert current date" command hidden away in some menu?
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$Failed below input area of new cell in notebook

The Mathematica 9 installation on my laptop has developed an odd feature. Just underneath the grey line indicating the input area for a new cell, the expression ...
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Same Mathematica 9.1 Student License on both Ubuntu and Windows 7 [closed]

Is it possible to install Mathematica 9.1 on both Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium on the same machine. I want to be able to use Mathematica on Ubuntu since I wrote some numerical codes ...
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How to change the appearance of a Cell GroupOpener?

I would like to change the Cell GroupOpener appearance. In the present Mathematica design it is too small and can be missed by a reader unfamiliar with Mma. I know, how to change its color through ...
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Automatic replacing of [ with []

I tried to modify the KeyEventTranslations.tr file in order to always place a closed bracket instead of an open bracket once I press ...
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Running a shell script within Mathematica

The title pretty much explains it and I have not found something similar already posted. Perhaps I am not searching for the correct title or maybe this is something very basic, but I would appreciate ...
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How to restrict the mouse cursor to stay within a box?

I'm trying to use Mathematica to write small games, and I find that it would help to restrict the player's mouse into the game window (just like other games do). Is there any way to achieve this? ...
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How to evaluate Modules in a notebook from another notebook?

I would like to create a notebook populated with several modules and be able to evaluate these modules by running a separate notebook. I have attempted several uses of the ...
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Keyboard shortcut for moving to last edit location/cell

When you have long notebook with hundreds of cells, you sometimes need to scroll/jump manually to your last edited cell. I dind't find any shortcut for doing that. Any ideas?
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Auto-complete for user defined functions [duplicate]

If I define a symbol in Mathematica, it doesn't show up in the autocomplete list that works for symbols in System. Test code: ...
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Controlling output of graphics, the role of “;” and code structure/formatting

";" is described under Compound Expression as a delimiter, such that only the output of the last item in the compund expression is given. Situation: 1/ Print[] produces output whether followed by ...
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How to select only NotebookObjects that are referring to ordinary notebooks? (not palettes etc.)

There is of course function Notebooks[] But, unfortunatelly it hasn't got useful options in this context. My question is how to pick ...
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Front End - Bug in Edit->Find?

As a beginner I make notes in my notebooks on what I am learning as I go along, and I have also referenced the help files by pasting hyperlinks from them - this seems to break the Find function. Is ...
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Resizing palettes

My eyes are weary and my sight grows dim, so I used the zoom control bottom-right in the palette. Unfortunately, having zoomed in the palette window cannot be resized - so I can't see the rhs - and ...
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Limiting scope of Front end “Replace All” in Find & Replace

The warning on find and replace isn't explicit and I only found out after an almost harmless global change that I really was replacing ALL, not just all instance in my selection (which is where most ...
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Front End editing [duplicate]

As a new Mathematica user I have been grappling with many aspects of its powerful capabilities but am now beginning the find the front end very disappointing in a number of respects. Lack of ...
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Most influential and/or disrupting features introduced with new versions of Mathematica

This is something that has been bugging me for ages. With every upgrade, Mathematica has added new functionalities and amendend some of its bugs. In the process, though, some older functionality has ...
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Render dynamic Graphics objects static

As was discussed in the comments of another question (MathLink Graphical Output (Plots) to File), Graphcis objects produced by commands such as ...
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Why has my syntax coloring changed?

Local variables in Module are no longer specially colored for me, but other syntax coloring remains, for example iterators in a ...
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Custom highlighting in definitions

Suppose we defined a pattern with custom pattern name provided by user, like Quiet[myCustomPattern@terms_ := f[terms : (_[_, _])..]] for use in further ...
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Using Mathematica in Conjunction with LyX. Path Issues?

I am attempting make life easier, and, instead of using Mathematica at the same time that I'm using LyX (a front end for LaTeX), I was hoping that I could just use LyX and use the CAS option to do ...
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Get Coordinates 4 significant digits limitation

The tool "get coordinates" (clicking on a plot), seems to work with a fixed number of significant digits (4), in a way that we can quickly lose sensibility (the tool really becomes useless). The ...
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Palette created by my code doesn't work

I think I am lost on some basic issue ... I created two CellTags, tagone and tagtwo If I create this palette inputting the following code by hand I get a beautifully working palette that makes me ...
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Comment color in a notebook

My requirement: Comments should appear within a notebook in blue and font size 12 and in Courier by default. This should work on not just my machine (by tweaking the preference of MY Mathematica) ...
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How to keep track of notebook dimensions

I want to create a cell that will resize automatically if the notebook is resized. I was hoping to find some function called NotebookDimensions[], and use it dynamically.
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refer to result of cell above current cell?

% allows to refer to the result of the preceding calculation (preceding in time) but this seems not necessarily to be the cell just above a given cell. How can ...
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Is there a function similar to SQL's Iserror? [duplicate]

I have an output which I want to hide if there is an error otherwise display it. The output is a Dynamic[output] so I can't simply use something like ...
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What is the difference between NotebookEvaluate and FrontEndToken

I am wondering what exactly are the differences in using NotebookEvaluate[filename] vs ...
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Prevent Mathematica from “romanizing” a string of letters?

When I'm authoring in text style (Alt-7), I'll often include inline math. Whenever I enter two or more consecutive letters (e.g., $ax^2$), Mathematica will automatically "romanize" (or "un-italicize") ...
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How to Check Spelling strings written inside input cells

Is it possible to check the spelling of strings? Strings are often used to show messages in my user interfaces, and I would like to have an automatic checking. Methods that export all the strings to ...
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Scroll bar glitch when entering full screen mode at magnifications higher than 100%

I noticed that when I enter full-screen mode in Mathematica 9 (F12 for Windows) using a magnification of 125% (or any other number higher than 100%) there is a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of ...
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Forcing Mathematica to recognize a symbol without defining it

In the Mathematica front-end, symbols that have been defined are colored black and symbols with no definition associated are colored blue. This is useful to prevent spelling mistakes. Also, defined ...
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how to show or find full path of file listed in the File->Open dialog?

This question was posted 2 days ago at community. I had a good answer but it does not quit do what I wanted. Hence I am trying here to see if someone might know of some other solution. Here is the ...
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Extract Style Attributes from Style[]

Can you extract the Style attributes from a variable. For example: var = Style["aString", Bold, 24] You can get back "aString" by using ToString[var] but I am ...
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Question about variable name autocompletion in $Mathematica$ 9 on OS X

For the command autocompletion, I can simply use Ctrk+K and then use Return or Tab to choose the completion. But when I want to autocomplete the local variables I have input, Ctrk+K works, but both ...