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Seeking for method to speedup and get more flexable control Notebook History

When doing calculations in notebook, I modify the code a lot, and there are several versions of similar codes in the same notebook. But I found myself easily forgot which version is the newest, and I ...
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Docked Cell that scrolls?

I use two finger movement on my trackpad for scrolling a notebook page up and down. Is it possible to make a docked cells that scrolls to the left and right using a two finger movement on the ...
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Create new notebook at fixed size

Using Ctrl+n we are effectively doing FrontEndTokenExecute["New"] and, at least on Windows, new window has WindowSize equal to ...
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Add keyboard shortcut without creating a new menu item [duplicate]

I want to some key combination like CtrlShift+ to insert Print[ ]; into a workbook. I used ...
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How do I turn off the little display icons for `SparseArray`, `InterpolatingFunction` and so on? [duplicate]

As noted elsewhere, in Mathematica 10.x, many functions that return "opaque" objects display them as cute little icons: ...
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How do I make those nice summary boxes like Dispatch and SparseArray do? [duplicate]

Dispatch and SparseArray have nice output forms that summarise their contents: The contents even manage to be retained fully ...
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Is it possible to maintain the cursor position within a cell following evaluation?

It is possible to evaluate a cell and for the cursor to remain in its position within the code in the current cell? For example, when I evaluate: ...
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How to set different background, input and output colors

I want to create a notebook where the background is one color, the input cells are another color, and the output cells are white. I have tried messing around with Option Inspector and creating a ...
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What is FrontEnd`AttachedCell?

Perhaps it's not accessible from the front end, but what is this so-called attached cell? ...
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Toggle close all input cells in a notebook, keeping output cells open

For presentations, can all input cells in a notebook be toggled open/closed, while keeping output cells open? Either through menu or palette. Probably would not work well programmatically. Related ...
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Front end hasn't crashed yet, but is unresponsive. Is there any way to get my unsaved definitions?

The front-end isn't responding, the only thing I can do is force quit it. Essentially, I can select any window (I have a few open), and I can move the windows, but I can't scroll or anything. There ...
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Long delays before showing the result in a notebook

I'm new to Mathematica. I have Version 10.3.0 running under Windows 10, 64-bit. If I open the 10.3.0 kernel and type 2 + 2 Shift Return I get an immediate answer. If I open the main program and ...
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Control Front End in “mathlink” mode

Note: This question was already posted in the Wolfram community. In a terminal math session, we can start a front end (FE) easily by launching it though ...
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Evaluating a notebook programmatically with -ne

I am running Mathematica 10.2 on an Ubuntu workstation. I would like to be able to evaluate a notebook through the command line, and save its final state so that I can launch evaluation remotely ...
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Bug: quote signs with parentheses followed by superscripts in same cell

(x + 1)^2 where ^2 should be a superscript that I do not know how to display here. If you type in a pair of quote signs ...
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On an existing notebook, how to transform all “double brackets” into “DoubleBracket”

Sometimes, having all double brackets [[...]] transformed into \\[LeftDoubleBracket] ... \\[RightDoubleBracket] can really ...
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Triggering events based on choices made inside of system dialogs (e.g. window close)

I'm trying to arrange for Mathematica to perform a certain action every time a notebook is saved or closed (with or without saving). The obvious way to do this would be through event handling. So, ...
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What causes the insertion point to move independently in a notebook?

I have a notebook with mostly procedural code (not the best) I am translating from FORTRAN 77. When attempting to add more code, the "insertion point" moves independently. Once this happens, I can ...
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What is “MemoryMonitor”?

Evaluating one of the following inputs ...
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How to set up margins in Mathematica to write a paper

I'm trying to do a problem write-up for my quantum mechanics class and would like use Mathematica, since I'm going to be using matrix mechanics, and it seems like the best way to write a lot of ...
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Unique frontend identifier

I'm hoping to find (or assign at startup) an identifier code that corresponds to the frontend session that's running. It should behave like \$SessionID, except ...
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Mathematica's GUI menus look bad on Linux

I installed Mathemaica on Arch Linux several days ago. Everything is well, except for the fact that menus in the GUI look real bad. I have things set up in a way that Qt apps (such as Mathematica) ...
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notebooks not opening in mathematica 10 (still, 15 months later)

Many of my students have Mathematica notebooks that they cannot open. I think that it's for the same reason identified in the other post with this title from July 2014. If you open a file, DON'T SAVE ...
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Why NotebookDynamicExpression freezes Mathematica on this particular application?

Why does this simple expression freezes Mathematica? (version 10.3.0, Windows 7 64) ...
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How do I create annotations for functions?

In 10.3, Mathematica starts captioning symbol-names into foreign languages if your Interface preferences are set to have Mathematica in a foreign language. I poked around the ...
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Drag and drop editing

Recently I updated to version 10, and now drag and drop editing in the front end doesn't work. In the Options Inspector->Editing Options->Private Editing Options, the DragAndDrop item is grayed out, ...
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Autocomplete is too greedy with the mouse

I have a frustrating user experience problem in Linux; a common occurrence when using the notebook might go like: I have, for some reason, used the mouse (e.g. to place the cursor) and then move the ...
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Specifically retrieving all “non-default” option values from the Options Inspector

Recently Mathematica broke on me and I had to reinstall. I lost all of the changes I've made in my Options Inspector over the past year and am attempting to go back and change them again by memory. ...
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Cell >> Convert To >> Bitmap: FrontEndToken for a specific menu?

I've seen good discussions about and full list of FrontEndTokens. But I could not figure out how to find a specific FrontEndToken for an menu. I'd like to make a Button that does what Cell >> ...
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More frugal display of usage messages in auto-completion popup – possible? [duplicate]

Update: I think the more general question I should have asked is: How should I write usage messages to work well with auto-completion? Is there documentation on how to prepare a package for convenient ...
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Notebook output in single place

I find that cell output below each cell terrible for organizational purposes. Is there another way to display the output of each cell?
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Launch Front End from .NET MathKernel and return result to .NET

Is it possible to launch a front end and open a notebook from a .NETLink kernel and return a result from the notebook to .NET? In the code below "x" appears in the .NET textbox after 10 seconds but ...
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How to increase the font size used in Mathematica menus

The text used in the Front End menus is too small on my Linux computer. I want to increase its size. How can I do it? I have Mathematica 10.
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Exporting PDF with large PaperSize

Suppose I create a new Notebook: nb = CreateDocument[{TextCell["PDF Test", "Section"], Table[PieChart@Range@5, {7}]}]; And set a big paper ...
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FontFamily option in Style being ignored

Style[\[WhiteKnight], FontFamily -> "Segoe UI Symbol"] The output I'm getting looks like it is in the Mathematica.ttf font, not the designated Segoe UI Symbol ...
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How to “fake” a front-end object when running a Mathematica script? [duplicate]

I'm running a Mathematica script (content of which cannot be disclosed here) and some part of it requires "front-end"? Since it's running in a script, there is not one and it gave the following error: ...
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Activity indicators for slow Dynamic expressions?

With Dynamic and gui-constructs like Popup I always have a problem: when an expression takes a while to evaluate the Dynamic ...
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Copy/Paste of a plot leaves whitespace

I'm trying to copy Mathematica figures into word, but when I do, I get tons of extra white-space for some reason. Either standard ctrl-c - ctrl-p or "copy graphic" does this. I understand that I ...
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Option Inspector, cannot expand navigation pane

The navigation pane in the Option Inspector is too small and I can find no way to make it larger: Is there any way to enlarge it?
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Undo conversion to template notebook [duplicate]

I accidentally converted a notebook to a template notebook by activating the templating toolbar. After this the toolbar always appeared at the top of the notebook. Is there any way to undo this ...
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Why does CreatePalette break my code?

I wrote some code to monitor the tasks that I'm doing - looks like this: Now it works just fine, but as soon as I wrap it up in palette it dies: Nothing updates.... I know there must be an easy ...
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How to set zoom and screen environment from GenerateDocument?

GenerateDocument does not have any options for settings on the notebook it creates. How do I generate a document with ...
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Front ends gone wild with named slots

Bug introduced in version 10, persisting through 10.3 Assume the following simple expression {#"Test"}& Now go in front of the ...
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Paste & set color with a single button (for palettes)

I need to use some colors frequently so I decided to make a palette for this. This is an example palette button that inserts a color: ...
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How to create a new window with manipulate? [duplicate]

How can I create a new window with a Manipulate expression? Currently I'm using: ...
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How to disable user-interaction with Notebook during manipulating it from the Kernel?

When manipulating a Notebook from the Kernel using such functions as NotebookLocate, SelectionMove, ...
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Double Click Selection IntelliJ Idea

How do I support double click selection in IntelliJ Idea? I'm referring to halirutan's plugin.
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Best practices, tools, and snippets for manipulating notebooks, cells, packages, and help access? [duplicate]

Where is the best place to find/submit lists of Wolfram Language/Mathematica best practices, idioms, and patterns, perhaps grouped by topics? I'm personally interested in those that involve using ...
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10.2 ClipPlanes on Translated 3D objects crash front end

Bug introduced in 10.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.3 It seems the Translation of a simple 3D object (e.g. Pyramid) using the ClipPlane crashes with "Mathematica has stopped working". It ...
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Non-english spell check dictionaries for Mathematica?

I've spent a fair amount of time bending Mathematica for taking notes and I've been very happy with it, the only missing piece it seems is a nice spell check dictionary for Polish (my mother ...