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Predictive interface eats my Esc key

After updating to version 9, I found the predict interface very helpful except there is a small problem always annoying me: Consider this: I have a list ...
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Poor anti-aliasing in Rotated text with ClearType on

There is a problem on my system that occurs when text is rotated 90 degrees as it is in frame labels. This only happens when ClearType is turned on, and only around 90 degrees of rotation. I am ...
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How can I change the style of every newly opened notebook?

I'd like to make Mathematica open a new notebook using the Natural Color template (under the Creative category) by default. Is that possible? If so, how?
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Why does GridLines option fail with Function?

The Plot option GridLines can be specified either as a list of explicit values at which to draw the lines, or as a function that ...
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Revert FullForm-ed text to prettyprinted

Sometimes strings in a notebook/package file end up garbled due to some unknown/unintentional conversion of the expression/cell/notebook. I could not find a way to revert such unreadable text to its ...
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How to let output and message be print to two separate external files?

How to let output and message be print to two separate external files? Also, I'd like the content print out to have similar look as when it's print inside the notebook, i.e. it should be in ...
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How to work around Column cutting off a pixel row from images?

I have a problem where Column will occasionally cut off a single pixel from the top of images. To reproduce the problem, evaluate this: ...
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Use different kernels for different Notebooks

I know that the command LaunchKernels[] starts up four kernels on my machine: ...
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Autocomplete short symbol names in non-global context

Is it possible in v9 to autocomplete the short symbol names when one is operating in a context other than Global`? I.e. after evaluating the following: ...
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Manipulate (Linux version of Mathematica)

I'm runnning Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 11.10. After installing CDF player I still have problem (most of time) with Manipulate. Only way I'm able to change value of a ...
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How to create an executable notebook in Mac OS X

All, I am looking for help to create a notebook to be executed via terminal in MAC OSX. The notebook uses the front end. This is what I have so far ...
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Why does the Front End group backslashes into pairs?

What is \\ for? Help finds nothing on it. An odd number of backslashes greater than one are grouped by two and the last one is displayed with a different color. ...
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Bug report: Attempting to Save Selection As… in a magnified Notebook fails with errors

I have found that attempting to Save Selection As... in a magnified Notebook fails with errors. On my system it can be easily reproduced by: opening any documentation page setting Notebook ...
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Prevent Mathematica from “romanizing” a string of letters?

When I'm authoring in text style (Alt-7), I'll often include inline math. Whenever I enter two or more consecutive letters (e.g., $ax^2$), Mathematica will automatically "romanize" (or "un-italicize") ...
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How to configure two Mathematica in different places with different settings

For some reasons, I should use two language versions Mathematica. The most reason is I want to see the comparison of Help page(English version and Chinese version) to improve my English, both are ...
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Can the banner in the Home Edition be removed?

The Mathematica Home Edition shows a banner at the top of every notebook: Is there a way to (permanently) get rid of it, without violating the EULA? Edit Yesterday, I sent this message to WRI ...
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694 views

How to find out available fonts from within Mathematica?

How to find out available fonts on the system from within Mathematica? When I do Style["foobar", FontFamily -> "Foobar"] how do I know which font the ...
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How can I make Which format its output?

Functions like Piecewise have cool, easy-to-read formatting. In the same vein, I think it would be wonderful if the Which ...
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How can I add arbitrary code into DefaultKeyTranslations.tr?

The solution to this question on how to get latex code for a text cell (which Mathematica doesn't do correctly) was formulated as a palette but I need it as a keyboard shortcut. How can I add an ...
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Detecting double click events

Is there a way to detect double click events? I did not find anything on the doc page of EventHandler. Use case: I want to re-implement the ...
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Is it possible to cause a notebook to be hidden when pressing the close button?

Is it possible to cause a notebook to be hidden (Visible -> False) instead of closing it when pressing the close button in the title bar? The ...
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How to make a parallel auto-generated .m package from Initialization cells?

according to the documentation at ref/InitializationCell, When you first save a notebook that contains initialization cells, you have the option to make a ...
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How to select and delete all Output cells?

How to select and delete all Output cells in multiple notebooks programmatically without needing to (manually) opening them? How to define a hot key for deleting all Output cells within a notebook ...
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Workflow in the Mathematica and Workbench IDE

After visiting one of the Wolfram presentations, I started writing code for my number theory research project in Mathematica because I found it to be faster than Sage. I downloaded Workbench and ...
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What is the full list of all font families?

I'm having trouble finding a complete list of the FontFamily strings that mathematica supports.
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Why are all the lines commented when I create a Mathematica script?

When I created a Mathematica script, I found that all my lines were commented out (when opened with vi or gedit or any other ...
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Can the position of Tooltips be changed?

Is it possible to change the position of tool tips, which currently always appear to the lower right of the mouse position. In the screen grab below the mouse is over 10000000 and the tooltip appears ...
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How to set focus of a dialog window?

I have a dialog, which, when pops up, requests input from the user. How can I set the window up that the focus is on the InputField of the new window (i.e. the ...
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How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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WYSIWYG table creating and editing

In Microsoft Office OneNote 2010, creating and editing tables is easy. There are simple toolbar controls for creating tables: , and editing them once they exist: . My question is, what's an easy ...
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How to work around Mathematica hanging when showing a large SparseArray?

Note: This is fixed in 9.0.1. In Mathematica 9, if I display any large SparseArray object in the default way (which looks something like ...
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How to change the appearance of a Cell GroupOpener?

I would like to change the Cell GroupOpener appearance. In the present Mathematica design it is too small and can be missed by a reader unfamiliar with Mma. I know, how to change its color through ...
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What is the complete list of valid FrontEnd Packet types?

In response to my question How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression? John Fultz answered with a method using the hilariously named ...
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Alternative Math Font

Are there other fonts that can be used for mathematical symbols? I have noticed, that choosing another font (via Stylesheet) does not change the math font (e.g. for greek symbols). Symbols will just ...
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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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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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How to select only NotebookObjects that are referring to ordinary notebooks? (not palettes etc.)

There is of course function Notebooks[] But, unfortunatelly it hasn't got useful options in this context. My question is how to pick ...
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How can I convert a formatted text cell to latex code?

I have a formatted text cell, I want to export it as latex. How can I do that? Since copy as LaTeX doesn't work, I thought of pasting it into a string and exporting, but it's a no go: ...
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Developing domain specific languages and computational knowledge engines using Mathematica

In one of Leonid Shifrin's excellent summaries, he mentioned that MMA capabilities include developing Domain Specific Languages (DSL). I'd like to develop a Health care IT application that can ...
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How to format usage messages such that function templates are parsed correctly?

Is it possible to format usage messages (with italic arguments etc) such that Mathematica 9 still parses function templates correctly? For example, plain usage messages work when pressing ...
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What is Sub Mathematica?

When looking at the locally available licenses, I see four entries: "Mathematica", "MathKernel", "Sub Mathematica" and "Sub Mathkernel". Now "Mathematica", "MathKernel" and "Sub Mathkernel" are clear, ...
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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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Are formal characters like \[FormalA] to be used differently than other symbols?

I noticed that Mathematica has a set of special 'Formal' characters such as \[FormalA], \[FormalB] , etc.. In the front end, it ...
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How can I style text like in the documentation?

I'm writing an article, and I really like this style that you get when you type ?AnyFunction. Is it possible to achieve this?
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Is there a way to have a Tooltip for non-editable raster graphics produced by MakeBoxes?

I have a function which produces a large object I would like to hide. Formatting is of course an option but I'm hoping for something a little more meaningful using raster graphics and ...
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SubTitle and SubSubTitle do not group by default

For some reason, the SubTitle and SubSubTitle cell formats do not group automatically on my machine any more, and I cannot ...
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Combine InputAlias with InputString to parse expressions from a string

My knowledge of low-level notebook programming is very limited so I would be very grateful for any input regarding the following issue: I would like to define an input alias (via ...
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Enhanced “Complete Selection” (dynamic autocomplete) for Text input?

The autocomplete ("Complete Selection") feature Ctrl-K (or F2 on Windows) works fine for functions and code input. Is there a way to enhance it for text input? Today’s standard (see e.g. OpenOffice ...
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FontSubstitutions: how do they work?

I'm puzzled by FontSubstitutions. The help says this: FontSubstitutions is an option for Style and Cell that gives a list of substitutions to try for font ...
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How to get full-screen graphics canvas?

Is it possible to create a full-screen graphics without any front end elements like cell brackets and scrollbars? The zero approximation can be ...