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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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How to use FontWeight options in Mathematica 10.x

Bug introduced in OSX v10.0.0 and persisting through v10.3.0 I‘m using stylesheets to create customized styles for course materials. That includes using fonts like Gill Sans, and Helvetica (Neue). ...
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Color degrades when using Copy As Bitmap

I have discovered a problem that affects my use of Mathematica. When I use the menu command Edit > Copy As > Bitmap the colors in the copy are subtly degraded. To make this more apparent I copied ...
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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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Problems creating CDF via .NET DLL

I have read several posts at SE and googled a lot, but I still have difficulties to create a CDF via .NET. My first try was the Wolfram example MathKernelApp.exe ...
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Syntax highlighting for your own functions

Mathematica has a useful feature that for functions and special constructs getting passed local variables (for example Minimize or ...
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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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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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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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Why are some function names red?

I need to evaluate Needs["GraphUtilities`"] before I can use functions such as GraphPath[]. When I do so, some functions get ...
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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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How to restrict the mouse cursor to stay within a box?

I'm trying to use Mathematica to write small games, and I find that it would help to restrict the player's mouse into the game window (just like other games do). Is there any way to achieve this? ...
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Borked Find Window in OS X

I've been having this happen to me on a daily basis with the Find & Replace window on OS X: No text can be typed into the red regions, so all find & replace functionality is gone when this ...
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How to assemble and disassemble a function into steps

I've watched many programmers (both novice and expert) write functions in Mathematica and have observed a common behavioral pattern. This pattern has many elements that would be automated and thus ...
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Failure to export graphics by right-click when Notebook magnification is changed

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.3.0 or later When I try to export graphics as PNG, JPG and other rasterized formats using the right-click and choosing ...
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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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How to pipe a stream to another notebook?

Can I pipe an OutputStream object created by OpenWrite (or similar) to a notebook instead of a file? I am aware that I can use ...
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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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Can one upgrade versions directly from Mathematica front end?

The copy of Mathematica I use I get through work. Upgrading this copy is always I time-consuming, pointless chore. I think all of it could be automated. Which makes me wonder: Is there any way to ...
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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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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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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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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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Colored marks appearing in notebook input text?

Bug introduced in 10, persisting through 10.2 What is the causing these colored marks to appear in my Mathematica notebook? I'm particularly annoyed with the black ovals that occasionally obscure ...
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Floating highlighting bug [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 10.0 and not fixed up to 10.2 At some random point in time the highlighting does not disappear any more. By highlighting I mean transparent boxes appearing for find feature ...
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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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Mathematica 10 Notebook Fonts Look Bad

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and persisting through 10.3.0 or later I've upgraded my home installation of Mathematica from version 9 to 10 today on a Windows 8.1 machine, and I'm getting a weird font ...
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Automatically execute command after save

I want to run some code automatically after saving my notebook. Is there a $ variable or setting for this?
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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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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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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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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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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 amended some of its bugs. In the process, though, some older functionality has ...
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Why does the Ver. 10.0 FrontEnd lose matching of parentheses when we insert quotations?

I am running Mathematica 10.0.1 on a four-year old iMac running OS 10.6.8. The following irritating behavior occurs regularly: I have a list with parentheses, and later on I need to add something to ...
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How to disable the small pop-up windows when mouse is over a Mathematica command in V10?

In version 10, when the mouse is over a Mathematica command, a small pop-up window comes up that one can click on for help on the command. Is there an option to disable this feature? Screen shot: ...
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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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Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?

I've had Mathematica crash on me a number of times, and have had to recreate notebook contents from the last save point. I was looking for something in the preferences like an autosave frequency ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to embed a notebook as a panel in a java GUI?

I'd like to create a GUI that displays a tree, some text boxes, buttons, and then as a panel, a fully-functional notebook. Is that possible?
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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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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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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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Front End does not respond to keys (version 10.2, Linux)

I was often complaining about the front end performance under Linux, but it seems I could pin down a very critical issue. I made a screen-cast that shows how to reproduce the issue Screen-cast on ...
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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.