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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 ...
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Is it possible to create a output cell without generating a cell tag from the input cell

I give a CellTag to my Input Cell, but the output cell would also inherit the CellTag. Is it possible to control not inherit the CellTag? Sometimes I need the output cell with the CellTag, but ...
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Slow Open Dialog user Interface in Mac OSX Mavericks

The other day I noticed an interesting problem with Mathematica on the Mac. When I'm in the Mathematica application and try to open a mathematica file with the "Open" option of the file menu the open ...
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Prevent Grid from resizing images

Aligning my images in Grid causes one of them to become smaller, despite specifying each of their sizes with ImageSize: ...
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Documentation for user-defined functions; undocumented documentation feature?

I stumbled on some strange behaviour when trying out the new function template and documentation features, now purportedly working in v 9.0.1. I defined a function ...
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“ClosingActions” option for FrontEnd`AttachCell

I'm looking to find the possible values for the ClosingActions options FrontEndAttachCell. I have found ...
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How to keep $FrontEnd options from resetting?

I'm trying to get Mathematica to look in a different, version-tracked folder for the 'TextResources' files that it uses to build the Front End. I've prepended my version-tracked folder path to the ...
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Is it possible to enclose code into collapsible/expandable regions? [duplicate]

In some programming languages (e.g. C#, Visual Basic) there are language constructs that have no effect on the execution of code whatsoever, but exist solely to allow grouping fragments of code into ...
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ScheduledTask with scoped variables. Working with timed evaluation

I guess I have to try harder and focus more but timed evaluation always frustrates me. I will show the issue on simple example of delayed trigger. ...
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How to introduce custom hot keys for the styles of cells?

In the JournalArticle StyleSheet there are useful hot keys Alt+6 for a DisplayFormulaNumbered and Alt+5 for the DisplayFormula. Such hot keys, however, are not present in the Default StyleSheet. Even ...
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How to collect expressions from cells created by Print?

I have a notebook where evaluation of a certain cell produced hundreds of adjacent output cells using Print. I need to create a list containing all expressions from ...
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Setting individual CellContext for each notebook loses autocomplete suggestions

I'm running Mathematica 9.0.1 under OS X. In order to have separate contexts for each of my notebooks, I used the instructions in the last part of the accepted answer from the following link: Is ...
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how to efficiently jump between sections in a notebook?

I have functions defined in some section of the notebook and some cells where I use these functions maaaaany pages below in the same notebook. If I want to go and change the definition of the function ...
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Can you set up a remote kernel for computation and a local kernel for predictive interface?

I am able to launch remote kernels from my Windows box to our Linux cluster that has the data I need and the capacity to run analysis (numerous & speedy cores, spacious memory, etc.). Works ...
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How can I change mouse hover behavior for hyperlinks in a notebook?

When I create a Hyperlink to a Youtube video in a text cell the link is colored blue like it would be in a browser. However, the mouse cursor does not change when ...
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Workflow in the Mathematica and Workbench IDE

After visiting one of the Wolfram presentations, I started writing code for my number theory research project in Mathematica because I found it to be faster than Sage. I downloaded Workbench and ...
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How to programmatically remove menu items

I would like to do the opposite of what is described here. So rather than add a menu item I would like to programmatically remove one (or more). So given a knowledge of the structure of the menu *.tr ...
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Front end typing lag

Under Windows 7 I frequently get serious keyboard lag. My home machine (Windows XP) NEVER lags. I was able to improve things somewhat by running Mathematica as Administrator, but this only went so ...
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Looking for a input template for Limit

I'm using v. 8. I'm looking for a limit input template (analogous to the integral template), but I can't seem to find it in any of the palettes. Can anyone help? Edit: I'm looking for a 2D input ...
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Copy string with markup so it looks good on input

How can I copy a string with a bunch of *Box expressions without it blowing up into the raw expression? ...
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Confusing font information from CurrentValue

I'm trying to programmatically get the width of a character in Mathematica's default fixed-width font, Courier. I believe CurrentValue holds the answer but I'm ...
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Time constraints on KernelExecute commands or MenuItems?

I'm trying to use Get to load some pretty substantial packages from a custom menu in the Mathematica toolbar (added via MenuSetup.tr). The problem is, the standard ...
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Understanding FullForm in front end

I want to understand the following effect better (In Mathematica 9) .. Or, maybe, is it a bug? Running the following line FullForm[Subscript[α,β_]] gives as ...
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Pimp my FrontEnd — ways to personalize it, a possible (share) list [closed]

I have seen in different people's setup various "personalizations" of the front end. To better explain: bigger/different cell "divisors", a line reporting various info (such as last computation's time ...
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Frontend coloring of Table[x, {x, 0, x}]

I have a small question about how the Mathematica frontend colours in the variables that appear in (wrongly written) iterators. More specifically, I'm intrigued by the colour of the third ...
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How to release $Mathematica$ from the $Pre HoldAllComplete lock

Not sure if posted before, but I'm asking this question from a Mathematica fellow user who tried to load expressions, whose problem soon turned into a prison break game featuring the following code. ...
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Visualizing nested lists for easier human understanding

When interacting with Mathematica, I often find myself staring blankly at waves of curly braces, trying to understand how data is organized hierarchically. For example, the beginning of the result to ...