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Ugly font rendering (ubuntu 12, overrides system settings)

Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12 renders fonts very poorly. Text is readable, but it makes it very hard to concentrate on programming. Since smoothing on Ubuntu on low DPI screens isn't very good either, ...
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Resuming SSH evaluation with XMing

I am re-asking this question since it exactly applies to my situation and it had received no answers earlier: I currently run my Mathematica on a linux computer through Putty and Xming. Xming ...
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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 reference a numbered cell

I want to have a numbered celltype, say '1.7.2 exercise' which counts up, when I put in a new cell of this type ('exercise'). Later in the notebook (or even in a different notebook in the same ...
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The first Chinese word always becomes a question mark, what is wrong with my mathematica?

I made a gif to show my problem. You can see, the first word I type always becomes a question mark, what is wrong? I am using version 10.3. At first, there is no such problem, it shows up recently, I ...
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Autocomplete not working with tab key on Mathematica 10.3 Linux

when I want to autocomplete a function I can't use TAB key to expand what I typed in. If I press TAB, it escapes the popup suggestion menu. Autocomplete only works if I press ENTER. Furthermore,once ...
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Front end responds slowly when writing

I have Mathematica 10.1 running on a Windows 7 laptop (i7 processor, 64-bit system with 4 GB Ram). The issue is that when I type in commands the letters build up very slowly on the screen. E.g. when I ...
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Change the background color of matched strings when doing find-and-replace

This is not a fundamental question, but it puzzles me. In doing a Find & Replace for some string in a notebook, the matched string is highlighted temporarily with some background color (green for ...
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Changing scroll range for mouse wheel

Is there a possibility to change the range for scrolling with the mouse wheel in Mathematica? In ScrollingOptions I couldn't find such an option. I played around ...
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Why do PopupMenus render inconsistently on Macs?

This has been bugging me for years but because it doesn't effect performance I've never got around to asking. The problem below occurs for me in V8, 9, 10 with OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10. I've tested ...
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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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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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Cannot save file

Hello I have a problem in saving files in Mathematica. I can't save not only notebooks but also figures. When I choose to save the notebook it open a window that says: Mathematica could not find ...
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How to print preview a selection?

When printing (file->print...) there's the possibility of printing just the current selection. This is useful for printing just a couple of cells, or some chapters. The file menu also has Print ...
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With comma as decimal separator, how do you insert a period in the header/footer?

I have enabled comma as my decimal separator, which means that comma still acts normally and when pressing period it will be converted to a comma. In the header I would like to make a period, so I ...
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Parsing subscripts when loading package files via the FrontEnd

I am working on some code, and have found it easier to use a Mathematica package because it is easier to run via command-line (lightweight) it allows for easier source versioning (Git), and it ...
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File path autocompletion options?

Suboptions like "FileCompleteEnable" in CodeAssistOptions are new in v10. Are there any options I can exercise with respect to the behavior of filepath autocompletion? Then is there anyway to set ...
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Image3D interactive manipulation slower in 10.4.1?

I've upgraded to MMa version 10.4.1 under MacOS 10.11.4 on a MBP Retina. We use Image3D a lot in our work and it seems like it has gotten very very slow in this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Mathematica stalling when attempting to “convert unit”

Twice now I have attempted to use the "convert unit" command on the bar below an output and it has caused the program to freeze, and not respond unless using the fix for the frozen kernal when opening ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut that reproduces the code two input cells above the current cursor location?

In Mathematica running on OS X, Cmnd+L is one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts, as it reproduces the code in the input cell above cursor location into the current cell or into a new cell when the ...
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Mathematica 8 sometimes hangs up over a simple instruction - ask more and it may unhang

Lately Mathematica 8 seems to have an 'underload' buffer where the current instruction is not executed unless it is given a few more tasks to do. This is very weird. Sometimes it takes just one more ...
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Alt drag does not work properly

When a graphics is displayed, right clicking will bring up the Get Coordinates tool. To select a rectangular region, you can do it manually by selecting the two corners and Alt+C will copy these two ...
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Can't type in notebook in version 10

After upgrading to version 10, I sometime get into the situation that I can enter nothing to the notebook. The Mathematica seems alive but it doesn't take any input from the keyboard. I tried to quit ...
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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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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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Session logging of “\$Echo” and “\$Output” in Mathematica 10

I have difficulties with session logging and Mathematica 10. In previous versions, you could simply use AppendTo[$Echo, logfile] and ...
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Menu bars on Palette windows don't work properly — any workarounds?

After getting help from Rojo with Menu commands on Palettes and other windows without menu bars? I was able to create a Palette with a menu bar by: Selecting the Palette and opening the Option ...
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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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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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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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Navigation a la XPath for Mathematica notebooks

In Mathematica, notebooks (in fact all expressions) have a tree-like structure. In this regard, they are similar to XML files. For XML, one can travel through the document structure using tools like ...
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FrontEndTokens, MathLink, and Serializer.exe

I have been using some basic MathLink programming in my work and wanted to create some more sophisticated MathLink programs. I came across the book "MathLink: Network Programming with Mathematica", ...
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Can I evaluated a cell in a notebook in a background process?

I currently run my Mathematica on a linux computer through Putty and Xming. Xming provides a graphical display for Mathematica windows running on a remote linux computer. But recently, the network ...
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Frontend cursor movement speed depends on the position in large notebook file

I run Mathematica v9 on my Atom laptop (don't ask) and I got used to the fact that everything is slower. Except for one annoying thing: cursor movement (in text) is slower than the keyboard key repeat ...
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UI problem of changing color of text

Bug introduced in 10.0.1 and persisting through 10.4.0 It seems that Mathematica has some problem of changing color of text in a notebook. When I choose a color, I need to click "OK" several times ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Frontend of 10.2 Really Slow / Dropping Input

I just updated from 10.0.1 to 10.2 in the hopes that it would fix an infuriating intermittent crashing issue and the frontend seems top be way slower and sometimes freezes for about a second dropping ...
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How can I protect my notebook file with a password to open and save changes?

I want to protect my .nb file with a password, because now I'm using a free access computer in my university. Everybody student in my university can use that computer and I do not want my .nb file can ...
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autocomplete or forward search input histories

I think there are many bash users here. In bash, a forward search of input histories can be done by Ctrl+r, which let you edit your previous similar input and reuse it. Is there a similar function in ...
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Software Testing (Dynamic, Manipulate, DynamicModule) Interfaces

The main Testing Framework (in both the frontend and Wolfram Workbench) supports unit testing for command-line invocations. Is there a natural way of co-opting this, or perhaps there already exist ...
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auto save a notebook using init.m

I tried to make mathematica autosave as default, so I put Sjoerd C. de Vries's code ...
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Mysterious message posted when I move the cursor in a custom function

I wrote a function called CPlot for complex plotting which is supposed to act a lot like Plot in its input format, but ever ...
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What's the name of the default font used in Mathematica 10?

I really like the default font in Mathematica 10. So I would like to use it for my other applications. I tried to search for the name of the font, only found that a lot of people is talking on how to ...