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Saving a .m file generates internal error

Why does saving a .m file in version 10 generate this error? Nothing appears when I click on the link. But it happens everytime I save a file and then the file is renamed to untitled-n file. ...
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Changing default window appearance

Since every single time I start Mathematica, my first action is aligning the windows properly (Notebook on the left for $2/3$ of the screen, help on the right for the other $1/3$), I was wondering ...
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Change Front End, by one particularly

As I get visual interface for mathematica [front end], I always appear so, writing Edit>|Image not take or ellipse or code, as I give this style of presentation to mathematica for any notebook to ...
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How to make a notebook that will be window maximized when open?

I use CreateDocument[cells, opts] to create a notebook. When the notebook is open, it has a small default windows size and I need to manually maximize it every ...
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Opening new notebooks with a non-default window size

I'd like to set Mathematica (8.0.4.0) up so it opens new notebooks with the "NaturalColor" stylesheet and with a window size like {800,770}. I tried to change ...
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How to Keep Input Cells Hidden After Evaluating Notebook

I've created a notebook for use in an in-class presentation. There is a fair amount of MMA code, and my students know nothing about MMA nor do they need to. I don't want to distract them with the ...
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What really makes a Dialog expresion behave as a modal dialog?

CreateDialog[DefaultButton[], Modal -> True] creates a modal Dialog, one which needs to be closed before the front-end ...
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how to make cursor jump automatically to next input cell after evaluating previous one?

When making separate cells in order to make separate computations to better see the result of each one before going to the next cell to do the next computation (which is a good way of doing things), ...
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How to save the result in the Notebook (.nb) and shut down the computer when the calculation is done

I have a notebook(.nb) which its calculation is time-consuming and long. I can not observe it if the calculation is done or not. Therefore, I want to : Save the results in the notebook(.nb) ( I do ...
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Automatically scroll along with currently evaluating cell?

If I'm evaluating an entire large notebook, I usually just press Alt-V Y to find the currently evaluating cell. Is there a way to keep the currently evaluating cell automatically in focus so that the ...
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How to connect the front end of one raspberry pi with the kernel of another

I followed the instructions in this howto from wolfram, but I keep getting the error: ...
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Why can't I abort main evaluation from ScheduledTasks (Service Link)?

FrontEndExecute[FrontEndToken["EvaluatorAbort"]] is equivalent of the menu item: Evaluation >> Abort. It works with ...
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How to save a bounding box on an image?

It's easy to save the coordinates of individual points, but for the life of me I can't seem to access the box's position and dimensions: {top, left, width, height}. How can I achieve this?
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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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MMA 10.0.2 Windows x64 Crashes during Find Next/Previous

For the past few weeks, MMA has crashed over a dozen times. It only happens when I'm doing Find Next or Find Previous several times while searching through my notebook. Note that I have at least 2 ...
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Copy an image into a cell will auto generate an inline Cell

Copy/Cut an Image from a cell into another, will auto generate an inline cell. Sometimes I just want to copy/cut an image into a Text-Style Cell, the below image shows some possible results of this ...
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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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How can I copy & paste cell styles?

In Mac's mail app the key shortcut "command + option + c" gives a copy selected text style and "cmd + opt + v" pastes the style. Is there a way to achieve this with cell styles? The keyboard part is ...
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Manipulate slider unresponsive after suspend in Linux

I've tested Linux Mathematica versions 7-9 on various Linux distributions, with identical problem: after suspend/resume cycle my Manipulate controls (i.e. sliders&buttons) appear unresponsive, ...
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What is stored in FrontEnd memory?

I quit the kernel, and closed all notebooks, leaving only the startup window. Yet when I open a new notebook, MemoryInUse[$FrontEnd] reveals that the FrontEnd still ...
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Can I modify Ctrl— to insert Indexed expressions?

For me, Indexed[x, n] is a much more useful and versatile construct than Subscript[x, n]. I would therefore like to modify ...
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Why isn't autosave enabled by default?

While I've come across several ways to implement/enable autosave (see: Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?, Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end ...
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CreatePalette producing two palettes

f := CreatePalette[PasteButton[α]]; f Evaluating f will generate two palettes and this is not expected. Before version 10, I ...
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How can programmatically close the palette automatically opened by the Notation package [duplicate]

I use << Notation in my init.m to load some custom notations, but now every time I start the kernel the palette always shows up, is any way to stop that? I ...
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How to kill the kernel process from the command line without killing the frontend?

Sometimes the kernel hangs and I'd like to see if I can kill the math-kernel process without destroying my front-end session and losing the changes in my unsaved notebook!
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How does $CellContext` work?

The only official info about $CellContext` I was able to find is: placeholder for the context of a symbol inside Dynamic ...
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How can I set up a cell style that is ascending dates?

Outline style notebooks have cell counters that are simply ascending numbers, but what if I want to apply a function to them and have descending dates like this: So that they auto format and the ...
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Creating a TeXForm/TraditionalForm/etcForm - like function

How could we go about creating a function that behaves like those? After a while thinking, my best try is with CellPrint printing an ...
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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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How to add named characters to Mathematica 10?

It appears that native support for the Klingon alphabet has been removed from version 10: \[KlingonA] Syntax::tsntxi: "\"!(\[ KlingonA])\" is incomplete; ...
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How can I make a stylesheet that counts subcells?

The example cells in the documentation each have count of the cells inside their section: ...
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Toolbars in Mathematica

Mathematica seriously lacks some useful toolbars. I wonder why keeping a totally barebone gui is part of WRI's policy? Would such a feature be so platform-specific that it does not worth design it? I ...
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What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens?

What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens? Preferably, by version number. Keywords: FrontEndToken, ...
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Where can I find documentation for the File->New->Package window?

I'm using 10.0.0 on OS X. When I go File->New->Package a window similar to a notebook appears, but with different coloration and a row of buttons on the top like 'Update' and 'Run Package'. I'm not ...
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Front End options

Inspired by a recent question and others like it, and not finding an existing duplicate, I ask: What is the hierarchy of Front End options? How do they work? How can their values be set and ...
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Strange appearance artefact in ActionMenu

I've noticed a strange thing with ActionMenu which can also be seen in the documentation for V9 and V10 on OS X. It seems that when an ...
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There is a button in the “basic math assistant” which wraps highlighted text in chosen brackets. Is there no keyboard command for this?

This counts as something of a basic question, but one for which I cannot find an answer. I checked the documentation, I checked google, I searched it here, I read a bunch of different things, but ...
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Limit characters/digits entered into InputField

When using InputField, whether setting the input type as a Number or String, is there a way ...
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Unable to start the front-end

I just updated to Mathematica 10.0.2, and was hoping that it would fix a problem that I had been having where I go to run Mathematica and nothing comes up. If I open task manager, I can see that ...
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How to save all notebook outputs as pdf file

I have produced a lot of graphs and tables in my notebook. I am trying to save all these outputs as pdf file. As we know form Rodney and form Mr. Wizard , we can not use save as function. I have ...
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How can I make new outline cells be created above the current cell on return?

When you hit enter inside an item styled cell (e.g. Cell["", "Outline1"]), a new cell of the same type is created underneath the cell you are currently editing. ...
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How to programatically set options for a selected word?

I want to create a palette with buttons and have it apply to the selected word. No matter what combination I try it always applies it to the entire cell. Imagine that in the sentence: ...
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Why does Mathematica Spawn Additional Dock Icons on OS X?

I've been running a calculation in parallel that requires a rasterize, and doing this requires one to wrap the rasterization with a UsingFrontEnd command (as is ...
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How to mimic Org-Mode with cell dingbats?

I love using org-mode to organize my to-do lists, the functionality is amazing, but it suffers from being stuck inside the emacs terminal... I'm hoping to replicate some basic features into a ...
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How can you resize all the images in a notebook section?

I've pasted a large number of photos and they are too big which makes scrolling hard. Is there a way to automatically have mathematica size them to 10% or something reasonable without have to click on ...
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Can a field be used for both input and output (example: exchange rate calculator)

Suppose I want to build a simple currency converter like this one: The functionality is straightforward: enter an amount in any field box, it gets converted into other currencies whose fields are ...
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How to dynamically filter cells in a notebook?

I have a notebook in outline form and a docked cell with a TextField[] for searching. I'd hide and show cells in a notebook to filter the cells based on the search string (any maybe type of cell and ...
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Possible bug in shallow representations of expressions in messages

I got the following message in Mathematica 10.0.2: I do not have questions about the message itself, but rather about its representation. The program was maninulating with mathematical expressions ...
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How to execute code on FrontEnd quit?

I would like to execute a block of code whenever the FrontEnd quits. I know about $Epilog, but it seems that this would execute every time the kernel quits, which ...