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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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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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Parameter of “CopySpecial” can't be “MathML” or “CopyAsTeX”?

Consider the following sample: ...
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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 folder),...
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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, e....
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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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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 to prevent Dynamic activity with color swatches in V10+

Since version 10, if I type e.g. an RGBColor or simply a named color, a dynamic colour swatch is returned. Same goes for when you e.g. extract colours from a ...
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How to display EntityProperty objects with their CanonicalName?

Is there a way to display EntityProperty objects with their CanonicalName instead of the text they are currently displayed with. ...
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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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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 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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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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Mathematica 10 not launching on Windows 8

I have been using Mathematica 10.0.2 in my laptop with Windows 8 and it was working fine. One day I would try to open it as usual but it would not launch (I'd click at its icon in the start menu and ...
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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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The first Chinese word always becomes a question mark, what is wrong with my mathematica?

I made a gif to show my problem. You can see, the first word I type always becomes a question mark, what is wrong? I am using version 10.3. At first, there is no such problem, it shows up recently, I ...
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Autocomplete not working with tab key on Mathematica 10.3 Linux

when I want to autocomplete a function I can't use TAB key to expand what I typed in. If I press TAB, it escapes the popup suggestion menu. Autocomplete only works if I press ENTER. Furthermore,once ...
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Fraction shortcut does not work, KeyEventTranslations.tr gets ignored

The fraction shortcut is not working. Any change in my file KeyEventTranslations.tr in my directory ...
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Import displays Dicom Image differently in mathematica 9 and 10

Mathematica 9 (windows 10) displays image as: mathematica 10.2 (windows 10:) displays image as: Here is the source file: Import["https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68983831/46405725"] How to ...
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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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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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Seeking for method to speedup and get more flexable control Notebook History

When doing calculations in notebook, I modify the code a lot, and there are several versions of similar codes in the same notebook. But I found myself easily forgot which version is the newest, and I ...
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Docked Cell that scrolls?

I use two finger movement on my trackpad for scrolling a notebook page up and down. Is it possible to make a docked cells that scrolls to the left and right using a two finger movement on the ...
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Create new notebook at fixed size

Using Ctrl+n we are effectively doing FrontEndTokenExecute["New"] and, at least on Windows, a new window has a WindowSize equal ...
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Add keyboard shortcut without creating a new menu item [duplicate]

I want to some key combination like CtrlShift+ to insert Print[ ]; into a workbook. I used ...
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How do I turn off the little display icons for `SparseArray`, `InterpolatingFunction` and so on? [duplicate]

As noted elsewhere, in Mathematica 10.x, many functions that return "opaque" objects display them as cute little icons: ...
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How do I make those nice summary boxes like Dispatch and SparseArray do? [duplicate]

Dispatch and SparseArray have nice output forms that summarise their contents: The contents even manage to be retained fully ...
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Is it possible to maintain the cursor position within a cell following evaluation?

It is possible to evaluate a cell and for the cursor to remain in its position within the code in the current cell? For example, when I evaluate: ...
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How to set different background, input and output colors

I want to create a notebook where the background is one color, the input cells are another color, and the output cells are white. I have tried messing around with Option Inspector and creating a ...
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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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Toggle close all input cells in a notebook, keeping output cells open

For presentations, can all input cells in a notebook be toggled open/closed, while keeping output cells open? Either through menu or palette. Probably would not work well programmatically. Related ...
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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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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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Evaluating a notebook programmatically with -ne

I am running Mathematica 10.2 on an Ubuntu workstation. I would like to be able to evaluate a notebook through the command line, and save its final state so that I can launch evaluation remotely ...
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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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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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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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What is “MemoryMonitor”?

Evaluating one of the following inputs ...
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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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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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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) ...