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Update/refresh notebook variable color on clear

By default, Mathematica displays variable names already assigned as black while new variables are displayed in blue. When executing Clear["Global`*"], variables ...
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What is the FrontEnd?

Can anyone sort out what the Front-End is, how it is structured and what its relationship to the Kernel is. The FrontEnd is mentioned quite often but elusively avoids to be caught and clearly defined. ...
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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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How to anchor a Pane's scroll position to the bottom?

Suppose I have a Pane containing some dynamic text, for example that is being updated by a logging function. ...
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Is there a programmatic equivalent of Edit > Find…?

Most things that can be done via the front-end interface in Mathematica can also be accomplished by some function. Is that the case for find-and-replacing? That is, is there some code I could execute ...
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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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How to toggle visibility of all the evaluatable cells (but not their output)?

I know that I can select individual evaluatable cells and disable their Open property (through Cell > Cell Properties), but ...
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Changing FrontEnd automatic scrolling in version 8

In Mathematica versions < 8, the FrontEnd has a very intelligent behavior: On evaluation, it by default automatically scrolls down the Notebook window to the last printed Output cell but also ...
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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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Failure to export graphics by right-click when Notebook magnification is changed

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.1.0 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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Some unexpected behaviour with StyleKeyMapping

Start with a fresh front end & kernel. The expected behaviour with an Input cell should be like this: Input 1and delete ...
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How can I import html fragments as formatted cells?

I see that there is limited support for "HTMLFragment" in Export, but I figured with all the work that went into porting Mathematica into the Wolfram Cloud there should be a way to Import ...
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Annoying window. How to remove it?

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.1.0 or later How do I remove this window from my Mathematica? Unchecking the Debugger menu item as described in How to close the (local) Debug ...
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How to close the (local) Debug window/palette

I have this local debug window that is so annoying How can I hide it? What is the purpose of it?
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Graphics in Notebook Different from Graphics Expression?

Consider the expression TreeForm[a+b^2+c^3+d] which displays as This is a nice Graphics object, as I can prove by typing ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

Behavior remains unchanged through Mathematica version 10.1.0 As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to ...
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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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Is it possible to get the locations and dimensions of all boxes in a StandardForm expression renderation?

I can select all the boxes in a StandardForm rendered expression, like I've selected the left parenthesis in the picture above. Is it possible to get the positions and dimensions of all of these ...
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How to set different default cell per section?

In various sections in my notebook I'd like the default cell type to be different, if possible, how can I specify this?
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using keyboard shortcuts with non-US keyboard

There are several keyboard shortcuts that do not seem to work for me. I am using a German keyboard. I think this only happens when I have to use a modifier key that does not have to be used in case of ...
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Programmatically selecting non adjacent Cells

One can of course Ctrl + MouseClick to select 1st and 3rd cell. But how to select non adjacent Cells programmatically? I was looking for neat examples here or in ...
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Can one put event listeners to parts of StandardForm expression?

I have a StandardForm expression Is it possible to add an event listener to the variables, parentheses, and plus signs so that when I click them their color changes for example. Maybe it would be ...
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How can I programmatically ungroup cells [closed]

I have a series of ~500 notebook files (created by a colleague), which somehow have had their cell groups modified from the default (perhaps accidentally by said colleague). In order to extract the ...
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Consistency between MousePosition and WindowMargins

MousePosition["ScreenAbsolute"] absolute position within the complete screen display WindowMargins specifies the ...
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Prompt a set of possible options

Recent versions of Mathematica dynamically prompt a list of possible options. For example, when typing Plot[x, {x,0,1}, PlotStyle-> After typing the arrow, ...
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Mathematica 10 Notebook Fonts Look Bad

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and persisting through 10.1.0 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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Is there a way to simulate / spoof a keypress? [duplicate]

I'm trying to test the functionality of a Dialog window in Mathematica in an automated way. To do so, I need to be able to simulate keypresses to trigger UI elements programmatically. Is there a way ...
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Why doesn't Quantity accept a Dynamic expression as a second argument?

If anyone can help me with this, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm using the following code with the intent of using controls to easily input values and units: ...
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How to make a widget float?

Is there an option or way to make a GUIKit window remain in on top of other application's windows? ...
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Is there a way to make the “Details” section of the documentation expand by default?

By default, the Mathematica documentation opens with the "Details" section collapsed. This is never what I'm looking for — in fact, I've lost count of the times I've sought help on a feature and ...
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Out labels looks strange after turning on magnification

As everything in Mathematica looks too small to me, so I turned on magnification when I am working. It looks good on windows: However, the Out tag is dislocated ...
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Clicking on “Show all results” in a W|A pod hangs Mathematica

I am trying the brand new trial version. I type in =Forest Gump, then the Enter key. The input turns into a box with a plus sign in the upper right corner. When I ...
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Package editor interface

Is there a way to get rid of the unused space on the left of the package editor? What is it's purpose if I configured Mathematica to not show In and ...
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Frontend: Adding cell-type choices to the “Choose how to enter input” drop-down [duplicate]

In most of the notebooks I work in, I find myself using 2 or three cell-types almost exclusively (typically regular input, and some subset of section/subsection/chapter). A minor annoyance I run into ...
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Blurred frontend text in Mathematica 10, Windows, High-DPI Display

So I have recently upgraded to a Windows ultrabook with a high resolution display. All my software seems to cope just fine with the high resolution, except for Mathematica 10. Mathematica seems to ...
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How to suppress Tooltip in built-in templates?

...or maybe switch the message. But I will be happy with no Tooltip at all. I've naively tried with ...
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Strange evaluating indication of output cells

Something like this happened when I was working with two Manipulate cells. I saved the notebook, duplicated it and only keep these two cells, and opened the ...
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Syntax highlighter shows error for Manipulate when it's inside a Block or a Module

I'm putting my new copy of Mathematica 10 through its paces and I noticed a weird change in the colouring scheme that I find very annoying, and I'd like to get some insight into why it's happening. ...
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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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What is the real default CellEvaluationFunction?

The default CellEvaluationFunction is Identity but one can quickly see that this is handled specially as an equivalent function, ...
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Adapting “Find and Replace” functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills in ...
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Multiple notebooks in Mathematica

While working with multiple files in Mathematica, is there a way to have the names of the files appear along with the minimized window of the file. I mean that sometimes I forget which file was places ...
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How to set DisplayFormulaNumbered Font style to Times New Roman?

I'm writing a lecture notes with lots of formula in notebook which will be saved as pdf later. In my notes many DisplayFormulaNumbered cells were used, where the default FontStyle were Arial, which ...
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How to combine selected out cells into a list? [closed]

I have a loop that was printing out results, and now I'm left with many cells in different sections and I need to combine them (the values in them) into a list I can work with. For example, applied to ...
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How can I export a notebook into multimarkdown?

Mulitmarkdown (.md filetype) is a very nice document format that supports rendering mathematical expressions like latex or mathml, rendering syntax highlighted code blocks for any language, as well as ...
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Faded output is printed from dynamic object

Update: This behaviour happens only if cell grouping is set to Manual (similar to another problem). When an output cell is generated by e.g. dynamical object, ...
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Show Full Output button broken for all large outputs

I use Mathematica 9.0.1.0 on Mac OS X 10.10.3. As an example of my issue, we can follow along with the example from the documentation page for $OutputSizeLimit. ...