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Why is SparseArray and InterpolationFunction always grayed out?

In the front end of Mathematica version 10, a new feature was implemented which dims output cells that no longer correspond to its input cells. So when you type ...
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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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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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Finding a Specific Line in a Package

In a package I am developing, I accidentally left this line Protect[ uncompleted prior to running the package. Mathematica produced this error message ...
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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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Creating a cross referencing shortcut

I believe I have gather all the pieces of information I need to create what I want but yet I cannot make the connection. Let me start with the goal. Simple Cross referencing Let us start by creating ...
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How do I programmatically add to contextual menus?

To programmatically add to menus you can do as described here: How do I add to menus? What can I do to programmatically add to contextual menus? Is something similar to ...
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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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How to programmatically remove menu items

I would like to do the opposite of what is described here. So rather than add a menu item I would like to programmatically remove one (or more). So given a knowledge of the structure of the menu *.tr ...
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Multiple windows in Mathematica help

I'm new in Mathematica, and would like to know how can I open multiple help windows at the same time. It's this possible? I'm using Mac OS. I know it works for link in the help page with right mouse ...
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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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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 does $CellContext` work?

The only official info about $CellContext` I was able to find is: placeholder for the context of a symbol inside Dynamic ...
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How to automate a FrontEnd return?

I use some custom shortcut keys in KeyEventTranslations.tr. One is for the Delete All Output function: ...
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How to change the style definitions for Default.nb?

I have looked over other questions related to style definitions, and looked through the Mathematica 8 documentation, but I do not know why I am having so much difficulty setting the default font in my ...
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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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High Contrast Syntax-Highlighting

I have a neurological disorder which causes me to have migraines if I look at a white computer screen. To combat this, I have put the following at the top of all of my Mathematica notebooks: ...
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Get Coordinates 4 significant digits limitation

The tool "get coordinates" (clicking on a plot), seems to work with a fixed number of significant digits (4), in a way that we can quickly lose sensibility (the tool really becomes useless). The ...
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What is “MemoryMonitor”?

Evaluating one of the following inputs ...
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Bug in handling backslashed Cyrillic symbols in v.10.0.0?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.1 UPDATE: Now both the inputs "\б" and "\\б" are interpreted as ...
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Is there a callback for notebook exit?

I know that $Epilog is called when Mathematica is exited; is there a callback upon exiting the notebook? If so, what is it?
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How to copy code out of notebook to an external text editor without extra line feeds being added?

I am simply trying to copy code from a cell (input cell) in a notebook, to paste the code into a plain text editor, and not have some lines wrap in the middle. I need to copy the code, as is, to a ...
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Annoying FrontEnd bugs in Mathematica 10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 Recently I installed Mathematica 10 on Windows 8 x64 machine. Before that I had a prerelease version of Mathematica 10 installed on my laptop. I ...
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Manipulate slider unresponsive after suspend in Linux

I've tested Linux Mathematica versions 7-9 on various Linux distributions, with identical problem: after suspend/resume cycle my Manipulate controls (i.e. sliders&buttons) appear unresponsive, ...
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Problems with images caused by which stylesheet is used

Update This looks now like it was a bug in Mathematica version 8, because everything works as expected - at least for this minimal example - in version 9. (As an aside, I couldn't seem to find ...
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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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Is it possible to regain Mathematica 5.2's palette input focus behaviour with version 8.0?

Between Mathematica 5.2 and later versions, there has been a change in determining which notebook gets the palette input focus, which leads to quite unfortunate behaviour if you use ...
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How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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Why do buttons with ChoiceDialog freeze the front end?

Pressing the button below will freeze my front end. An unpainted white dialog box comes up, then it completely freezes, and I need to forcibly kill the front end. CPU usage stays at zero during ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to insert an animated image into Mathematica notebook?

I find it very convenient to use Mathematica notebooks to organise the codes + results. I was wondering if it is possible to insert an animated image (say an animated gif) in the middle of a ...
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“Choose how to enter input” - leave me alone

How do I get rid of this: I can't find the appropriate entry in Option Inspector or in WolframPredictiveInterface.
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Opening a notebook from command line in an existing front end instance

I am using Linux, and I would like to be able to programmatically open notebooks in a running Mathematica instance from the command line. Currently, doing something like ...
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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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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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Evaluate selection in new window or new notebook?

Sometimes when you have long code you need to check some part of this code. the way I am using currently is to selected the part that I want and then copy it to new notebook and then evaluate it ...
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Programmatically minimize mathematica?

I can minimize a notebook easy enough with Mathematica code, but how does one minimize all of the Mathematica front end? Just as if you clicked the minimize button on the menu bar? This is for ...
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Customize front end to add notifications when evaluation finishes?

Is it possible to add some customization code to the front end, so that when all cells have finished evaluating, some user code can be run? Background: I'm currently running some Mathematica programs ...
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Cell brackets on left side?

Is it possible to have the cell brackets on the left? I looked through the options and couldn't find anything, but maybe it's some kind of esoteric style setting or something. The reason I'm looking ...
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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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Copying Greek text from notebooks as unicode [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to “Copy as Unicode” from a Notebook? How can I copy Greek text from notebooks as proper Unicode that can be pasted into other applications? If I type ...
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Toolbars in Mathematica

Mathematica seriously lacks some useful toolbars. I wonder why keeping a totally barebone gui is part of WRI's policy? Would such a feature be so platform-specific that it does not worth design it? I ...
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How to get an adaptive frame which fits auto-wrapped text? [duplicate]

When using the built-in Debugger, the breakpoints and the current step will be framed looks like this: My favorite part is, those frames are adaptive to the text when window width changing makes it ...
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Implementing bookmarks in the front end when editing a package

Sometimes when working on larger pieces of code or on a larger package I really miss the option to bookmark the current line/position in the code. Since the front-end is quite extendable my question ...
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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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Is there a way to programmatically set global preferences?

Can I set global preferences that are accessible via "Edit"->"Preferences" programmatically from within a notebook? As learned from this question, turning off anti-aliasing can make a huge difference ...
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How to improve the typesetting of mathematical contents

Until I started diving into Mathematica, I was not using much computer software for symbolic computation. I did my analysis by hand on blank sheets, the calculations using Python or MATLAB, and the ...
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How to collect expressions from cells created by Print?

I have a notebook where evaluation of a certain cell produced hundreds of adjacent output cells using Print. I need to create a list containing all expressions from ...