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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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How to Add a PageBreak menu by MenuSetup.tr

In 1998 there was a discussion on comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica how to add am PageBreak menu to Mathematica. I used the recipe from there for very long time (in fact, I used Mathematica 4 till ...
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keyboard shortcut to invoke Insert new matrix

I frequently need to type in some matrices, and the menu command Insert>Table/Matrix>New... ...
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Can Mathematica check spelling during typing?

I can't see a way to get Mathematica to check my spelling as I type. Is this feature not supported? I've done everything I can think of with my options: Is there a setting I'm missing?
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How to find words within cells of same style

I have long notebook with several cells styles (Input, Output, Text, Section, Subsection,...), and I want to find words in the notebook only in the cells have same style. It is very annoying when you ...
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Windows 10 taskbar pushes MMA window

I finally gave in and upgraded to Windows 10 yesterday. Everything is running smoothly so far. The only problem I have is that when the taskbar pops up, it pushes my focused Mathematica window up. ...
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Author Tools layout for a table of contents

Can someone point me at the place, where the Layout of the Table of Contents is stored in the Author Tools. There should be some style sheet, but I can't find it. Author Tools is still a very useful ...
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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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Why does the front-end no longer like MixedRadix as an argument for UnitConvert?

I often find MixedRadix very useful for make certain kinds of unit conversions. For example, ...
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hotkey to mark the current cell and make it a text cell

In order to write to a Text cell, you usually just start typing. Then you find out that you are writing in an Input cell. Then you want to convert the current cell to a Text cell. In order to to this ...
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Browse and Import local files with inline autocomplete? [duplicate]

Inline auto-complete is convenient: Can it be extended to browse and import local filesystem? I'm aware of the [[Experimental]] (since V 9?) AutoComplete could be used interactively with ...
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Non-English spell checking dictionaries in Mathematica: Where to get them?

I simply want to be able to spell check my (german) notebooks. There was a question similar to this but with no answer: Non-english spell check dictionaries for Mathematica? You can find this ...
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How to close all windows or just quit mathematica from code? [duplicate]

So my problem is that I want to be able to close all of my currently open windows/notebooks from my code, but Quit[] only quits the current kernel. Is there any ...
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How to start at a given arbitrary PageNumber

I have a Script with several sub-notebooks. I want to start the page of the body-text at 1 with content and foreword before that page. How can I assign a page number to show up in the print-out? I ...
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Close or Open, not OpenClose CellGroups for specific CellStyle

I am aware of the question Close programmatically all cell groups in Mathematica but I am trying to find out how to close only one kind of Cells in a notebook, ...
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How to abort evaluation when clicking CancelButton

If you run the following code you will notice that the evaluation continues in the following cells. I want to abort evolution if CancelButton is clicked. I tried ...
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Results of a function are different when the function call and subsequent statements are evaluated one line at a time

I have some code that I am porting from VBA to Mathematica. The original code processes data on an Excel spreadsheet. In Mathematica, I find it convenient to replicate the Excel spreadsheet data ...
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How to indent/align Header 4

What's the deal with Header 4 (⌘ + 4 on OS X)? Are there options to align under or to the right of Header 3? Also remove the overbar? Couldn't find anything in Options Inspector.
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Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8

What does the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8 does in Mathematica (version 10)? On Windows 8.1 it displays a little square: I can write in it, but I don't understand what it does.
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How to use an ExpressionCell to display e.g. an Input cell inside a generated output?

It's not that I can't live with that but I don't understand why e.g: ExpressionCell[ Defer @ Style["string", Red], "Input"] is not showing quote marks? This ...
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How do I set Mathematica to open a specific folder - When I type “Command + O” in OS X [closed]

When I type "Command + O", in Mac OSX 10, Mathematica automatically opens my directory: "Users/john" How can I change this setting to make it open "Users/john/Documents/Mathematica/GameOfLife" the ...
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Unescape Formatting in Strings [closed]

Mathematica has a dirty habit of sometimes escaping all the formatting in my strings when loading a .nb. I know this is inevitable for ...
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Custom Mathematica Command Conventions?

I'll probably get ripped apart over this, but: Is there an option to make Mathematica use more common formatting conventions when dealing with commands? For example, most programming languages use ...
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Docked cell showing keystrokes and mouse buttons actions

When I send bug reports to WRI, sometimes I attach a screen video record, like on the following example (that I just sent as an improvement suggestion). As you can see, I use OSD Hotkey, to make sure ...
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How to have an Input cell that doubles as an Output

Motivation / examples: on a spreadsheet environment, each cell doubles as input and output. If we click on it, it shows the input; if we hit Enter, it shows the output; on this answer, I tried to ...
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How to change default font for all existing notebooks at once?

By default, Mathematica 9 and 10 use Gill Sans MT fonts for headings of title/subtitle/section/subsection/subsubsection. Unfortunately, Gill Sans MT fonts have no Cyrillic letters, so that all ...
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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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how to test if a string containing boxes is syntactically correct?

This is a string that displays as formatted x^2: "\!\(x \^2 \)" If I left off the closing parenthesis for example: ...
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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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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (starting in 10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10 and still present in 10.3.1.0, OS X 10.11.2) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before ...
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If I have a very large Popup Menu list how can I make that searchable?

Imagine that you have a PopupMenu's list that requires a lot of scrolling through the selections. Is there a way to create a control that will only display a ...
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Saving a notebook as PDF, preserving syntax highlighting

Currently, one may save notebooks as PDFs from the menu by Save As... and then selecting PDF (on a Mac, I imagine it is similar on other OSs). However, the ...
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Programming scripts to create and modify stylesheets: problems with contexts

I am trying to emulate the shift and shift+tab feature in the Outline.nb stylesheet that comes with Mathematica. I added the following code to a private ...
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How can I make a resizeable input field

Web pages typically have input areas that can be resized by the user. How can I make something like that in Mathematica?
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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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Ways to obtain a BoxObject

Is there any way to get a BoxObject, except with EvaluationBox or ParentBox? So usually one ...
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Is there a way to programmatically set global preferences?

Can I set global preferences that are accessible via "Edit"->"Preferences" programmatically from within a notebook? As learned from this question, turning off anti-aliasing can make a huge difference ...
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preventing TraditionalForm from getting “squished”

TraditionalForm[] does a great job generally speaking, with complex equations like the following, ...
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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 ...
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Dynamic cells after Kernel restart/quit:

After quitting the kernel only one Dynamic cell fires. And it does not matter how many are there. ...
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How do I change the color of a hyperlink?

When I create a hyperlink in a notebook, the text is blue, like the user defined variables. (Any word in the title like Graph which is a M function is in black.) How can I change the color to ...
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List of Mathematica glyphs

Context I am using Mathematica to create live documents - documents that are both interactive and show mathematical derivations. Now, I'm aware that there are certain symbols that are available via: ...
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Is mathematica's right click menu customizable to add Simplify tools?

Mathematica provide Algebraic Manipulate palette for simplifying expression. But the palette window will always stay on top, which is quite annoying. Is is ...
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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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Help with a Mathematica front end touchscreen problem

I really like using my Windows 10 touchscreen to move around in websites, documents, etc. It doesn't work in Mathematica. Can that be fixed by changing a global notebook setting, or is it something ...
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Prevent 10.2 from creating “Wolfram Mathematica” directory on Linux

Since upgrading to version 10.2.0.0, every time I start the Mathematica front-end it creates a "Wolfram Mathematica" directory under my home directory. (It never seems to put anything in it.) Anybody ...
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How to edit a hyperlink once created inside a notebook?

When a hyperlink is created in a notebook, there does not seem to be an easy way to actually edit the hyperlink (maybe to correct the URL). To hyperlink some text, one selects the text using the ...
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Font size for help drop down menu in input cell

Consider: Where do I go and how do I increase the FontSize in this drop down menu to make it more easy to read?
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How do I programmatically add to contextual menus?

To programmatically add to menus you can do as described here: How do I add to menus? What can I do to programmatically add to contextual menus? Is something similar to ...