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Specify format to NotebookSave

When I save a Mathematica notebook using the front-end Save dialog, I can specify the format: However, the documentation for the NotebookSave command indicates ...
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How to keep window above all other apps?

You can make a notebook or palette hover above all other mathematica windows with the option WindowFloating: ...
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How to protect cells on a notebook?

I am trying to protect the whole structure of the exam à la façon du exam for the certification as a student in Wolfram (http://www.wolfram.com/training/certification/students/). The specific features ...
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ScheduledTask with scoped variables. Working with timed evaluation

I guess I have to try harder and focus more but timed evaluation always frustrates me. I will show the issue on simple example of delayed trigger. ...
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Colored marks appearing in notebook input text?

What is the causing these colored marks to appear in my Mathematica notebook? I'm particularly annoyed with the black ovals that occasionally obscure parts of the input as I'm typing: I have also ...
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What are the purposes of functions in FrontEnd` context which are duplicates of those in System`?

I noticed that for notebook-related heads, there are usually a pair of same functions, one in System context, another in ...
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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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Mathematica script - Using front end

I'm running Mathematica on OS X and I want to create an Automator action that converts spreadsheet files. I have written this script: ...
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“Choose how to enter input” - leave me alone

How to get rid of: I can't find the appriopriate entry in Option Inspector or in WolframPredictiveInterface
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How to sort cells in a notebook based on cell tags?

Suppose I have a notebook with cells tagged with both numbers and words with numbers always list first, and some cells without cell tags e.g.: ...
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Blank sequences do not display anymore as continuous lines

BlankSequence[] and BlankNullSequence[] "suddenly" do not display anymore as "continuous lines" in my v.10.0.1 (OSX) (of course ...
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Where put or edit an init.m to add menu commands?

In this question, answers were given that worked to add items to some menu commands, e.g., additional colors on the Format > Background Color menu, or Help menu items. I have code for such in an ...
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Manipulate Demo Full Screen

Is it possible to create a demo using Manipulate and then open it in a document that can be expanded to full screen?
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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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Is is possible add a stylesheet into the menu?

I always use the PastelColor stylesheet in Mathematica 8, since I think it is comfortable to my eyes. But it can be no longer found in the Menu in Mathematica 10, ...
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How to disable multiple document interface (MDI) in Mathematica 10?

I want that there was no window-in-window interface. How to disable it?
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Better Autocompelete for the Front-End

I wonder if it is possible to improve the front-end's autocomplete capability. Compared with some other more sophisticated editors/IDEs, such as eclipse, Mathematica's front-end does not provide a ...
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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before the 'i' in With I ...
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How to work with characters from CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B correctly?

Background: Recently I'm trying to deal with some Chinese characters which belongs to the CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B block. The motive comes from some further interest following a former ...
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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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Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end hanging

I guess my programming working style is not unique. I develop programs one cell at a time, and when I have some confidence about what I did, I put all my mess together refining the code, building up ...
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Automatic recovery after crash

I want Mathematica to periodically autosave my notebooks to the temp folder. And in case of front-end crash i want to see the dialog after restart with the following choices: recover from autosaved ...
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Using a Slider2D to add data points to a list

This bit of code sets up a list with the first entry already in it -- {{1,1}}: ...
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Front-end: How can one programmatically extract window titles?

I would like to programmatically get the titles that appear at the top of notebook windows, particularly for notebooks that have not yet been saved (if they have been saved, I can get the information ...
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Implementing efficient multiple undo

At the time this question was asked, version 10 was not out yet. The Front End of Mathematica 10 does have multiple undo, see the answer by John Fultz. The Mathematica Front End's built-in Undo ...
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How to write Mma notebook input that modifies itself?

Is there a straightforward way to reference and modify a cell from within itself? This is a little outside the ordinary use case and certainly not good practice, but I would like to execute an input ...
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Greek symbols are all bold in MM 10 over Linux [duplicate]

I upgraded recently to Mathematica 10, on a Linux system, and I'm quite annoyed to find that all the greek symbols automatically show up in bold: I suspect the issue is some missing font somewhere ...
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Is there a way to control V10's undo length?

This may be a duplicate (if so I will remove this), but I was having trouble finding the relevant bit of documentation to fix it. I noticed that my FrontEnd memory ...
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Is there a convenient way to copy/paste text-interspersed SE code snippets into Mathematica?

Is there a way to copy and paste code snippets from SE to Mathematica if these snippets are interspersed with text? Like e.g. in Morphing Graphics, color and location in both the question and answer, ...
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Bug in grouping after editing code?

While looking at A question about conditional replacement I think I discovered a bug in the Front End that affects both 7.0.1 and 10.0.1 under Windows. If I copy and paste this line into a new Cell ...
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Suggestion Bar Gone in Mathematica 9

I was using Mathematica 9 for some time without any problem. And suddenly the suggestion bar dissapear, and i used it a lot. The option "Show suggestion bar after last output" is checked. Also I tried ...
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How to change the start path of SystemDialogInput

It seems that every time the start directory of SystemDialogInput is always the same, is it possible to set the start directory to the last used directory? For ...
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Difference between double quotes

I have a notebook and I enter something like PlotLabel->"my label with dynamic number "<>ToString[strange] and I get errors like However, the double ...
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Zoom settings other than 50% 75% 100%, [duplicate]

Is it possible to choose a zoom setting other than what's provided at the bottom of each Notebook window (50%, 75%, 100%, 125%, 150%, 200%, 300%)?
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Open a .txt file in Mathematica [closed]

i have a .txt file written for Mathematica, but wenn I open it with Mathematica, there is just an unreadable text and no graphs and simulations like it should actually be, could you tell me how to ...
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Error with comments inside and expression

I found this strange parsing error with comments inside of an expression in Version 7. And example is {{1, x}, {1, y} (* {1, z (= 5+6)} *)}; It occurs depending ...
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Keyboard shortcut for changing style of selected text (NOT the whole cell)

For many years I have been using Alt+Shift+(number) to quickly change the style of text in a text cell. For example when I write descriptive text and want some of that text to look like input form, ...
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How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?

How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?
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Prevent graphics render inside held expression

Assuming each odd line is input I would like the even lines to be the output of the following lines. In the above the Graphics are inside ...
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Default starting location of “Save as…” dialog in OS X [duplicate]

In the answer to this previous question, user Szabolcs says On OS X (I'm using 10.9 and Mathematica 9) the file chooser dialogue will remember the last location you used. So if you Save/Open ...
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Mathematica 10 'Formatting Notebook Contents'

Mathematica 10 freezes while 'Formatting notebook contents'. This happens already during the startup of Mathematica and it takes a long time for Mathematica to recover. It can also happen when I am ...
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Raising the dead (notebooks)

I have a notebook which has a lot of generated data (which I would rather not regenerate), and the kernel is dead. So, the question is, how do I recover the data in the notebook (I know it is there, ...
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Export notebook file without launching front-end

I am using a Mathematica script to programmatically generate a Mathematica notebook. The script generates a Notebook expression and then uses ...
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Why do quote marks appear in output when saved with Save Selection As?

Update #2: This behavior has been confirm across platforms and in multiple versions. Therefore: Is this a bug or a feature? Can I disable this "feature" so that copying a selection of Cell contents ...
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Tracking Initialization

How to track Initialization step by step? Any tricky solution is ok. One condition, x should be ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to have any affect on the number of times a Message is repeated ...
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Format-Size-Larger/Smaller shortcut disabled in M10?

It seems that the keyboard shortcuts for enlarging/reducing the font size (ALT+= / ALT+-) don't work anymore in M10 as it did in M9. If I select the text (or code) inside a cell they work. But if I ...
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How to add Shift-Enter in external script?

I often generate MMA scripts externally w/ python to copy/paste into a notebook or run MMA directly on that file. I want resulting output interleaved w/ input commands, as would happen when the ...
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Why does GridLines option fail with Function?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 The Plot option GridLines can be specified either as a list of explicit values ...
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Making flash cards with Mathematica

I've been trying to make flash cards to help me memorize some concepts in my technical classes this semester. Since Mathematica's (mathematical) type setting is so superb, I attempted to make flash ...