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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 do you change the font size of a Manipulator label?

I have a stand alone Manipulator (it is not in a Manipulate) and would like to know how to alter the style of the label. There ...
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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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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 select all initialization cells?

Is there an easy way to select all initialization cells (and only those) in a Mathematica notebook?
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Programmatically quitting the FrontEnd or running without one?

I have a conundrum. I use an iMac's OS X 10.6.8 settings to start and stop the machine at the specific times that I need a particular notebook to run. I've done this because it has worked more ...
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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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Move the cursor in a notebook using the keyboard

How can I move through a notebook using only the keyboard? If one tries to use the arrow keys, the cursor tends to get "trapped" in comments and error messages.
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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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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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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 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 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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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 to specify default style in Mathematica 9

In Mathematica 8, I can use GraphicsBoxOptions->{DefaultBaseStyle->{"Graphics", FontFamily -> "Helvetica", FontSize -> 14}} to specify the default font ...
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Mouse gestures or keyboard shortcuts for navigating forward/backward in the documentation center

Is there any way to get gestures (e.g. trackpad- or Magic-Mouse-swiping left/right) to work for navigating forward and backward in the Mathematica help browser, particularly on a Mac? If not, what are ...
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Creating custom notation

How does one generate custom symbols? For example, the physicist notation for the rotation is "nabla cross function". In this case however, Mathematica complains that the ...
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Notebook with a WindowOpacity too small becomes “click-through” for mouse

I created a notebook and was manipulating its WindowOpacity option: ...
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How to copy hyperlink addresses using the keyboard

I would like to copy the address of a hyperlink in Mathematica using the keyboard. I found code for copying hyperlink addresses in ContextMenus.tr: ...
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What is this character: [esc][comma][esc]?

What is the character obtained with they key sequence Esc,Esc called? On my front end it is not displayed, but there's something there messing up my input. It's a bit annoying when I'm after a $\mu$ ...
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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 one define an infix operator with an arbitrary unicode character?

You can setup "UsefulFunction[a, b]" to use custom infix notation "a [LeftRightArrow] b" as follows: ...
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MouseAppearance and cursor problems

I have to create a Graph object, which can be manipulated by the user, though I do not want to have the Graph-specific cursor ...
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Is there a way to interactively read a point from a Graphics3D?

Suppose I have a tesselation, e.g. the Stanford bunny: bunny = Import["http://graphics.stanford.edu/~mdfisher/Data/Meshes/bunny.obj", "OBJ"] I'd like to be ...
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What is the simplest way to set the toolbar of a notebook to an image?

For custom stylesheets, it's nice to have a graphic banner in the Docked Cell. According to the doc page tutorial/IntroductionToToolbars, this is how you do it, but it seem a bit overkill: ...
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Text in columns

So far I've only seen the front end work in a one-cell-below-the-other manner, so I am probably not expecting much of this question, but here it goes. Is there any way to create a document with text ...
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Is it possible to make v9 ignore case when completing names?

In v8, I could type, say, fulls or texf to get FullSimplify or ...
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Can anyone explain this strange behavior of InputForm?

In Mathematica 9.0.0, when to display the input form of two numbers, I come across maybe a puny problem. In order to focus on the problem, I will put up a simplified version. ...
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Why are some functions available without having to load their parent package?

Functions such as GraphDistanceMatrix[] or AdjacencyMatrix[] are available without invoking ...
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Create shortcut in Mathematica for “Equal Symbol Aligned Math Cell”

How do I create a new shortcut for creating a "Equal Symbol Aligned Math Cell" in Mathematica 8? Update I meant a keyboard shortcut. An "Equal Symbol Aligned Math Cell" is exactly what @Heike ...
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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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Monospaced fonts are not monospaced

I'm using Linux-x86-64 as operating system. Can someone explain this behaviour and maybe give a hint how to resolve it? Here are two lines of exact the same number of letters of a monospaced font: ...
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Default position and size of front-end windows (in Windows 7)

I'm running Mathematica 8 on Windows 7. When I start the Mathematica front end, I would like the menu bar and the blank notebook that opens to appear at a different position and with a different size ...
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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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Avoiding an unresponsive user interface in OS X

I have found that despite Mathematica's numerous updates, each of which have added much functionality, one fundamental issue remains unaddressed: The unresponsiveness of the UI when I make a mistake ...
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How to make certain mathematical characters be written as bold by default

In a notebook, when writing \[RightVector] over a variable I always end up bolding it to make it more visible. But it'd be easier if it could be set up to bold that ...
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Preserving indentation when creating a new line (when editing in a package)

Background: This is the third question in a row of questions about how to make editing packages in the front-end much more bearable (the other two are here and here). It seems that the front end is ...
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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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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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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 force neat linewrapping in Print?

I am regularly annoyed by the fact, that a neatly arranged Print statement gets ruined by a large piece of data, which - instead of linewrapping "in place" - is ...
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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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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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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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Typeset unbalanced brackets

In LaTeX, you can typeset expressions containing unbalanced brackets, by balancing them with an invisible delimiter \left. or ...
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How to capture implicit fails in Plot or Show? [duplicate]

How can I make a construct similar to C++ functions: try{} catch{} I want to use it to avoid showing a lot of errors in the plot area when for example one of the ...
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How to improve these WASD + mouse look 3D controls?

Insipred by this question and the corresponding answer I've written a code for full-screen exploration of 3D scenes using standard WASD and mouse look controls. Here it is. ...
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Quickly display a color graphically

When manipulating colors, the output is shown as a textual expression like Hue[1/5], RGBColor[2/3, 1, 1/3], ...
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Identify which cell uses most memory in front-end

Even though the mathematica front-end is much more robust than it used to be, everyone must have noticed that when a few 3D graphics are involved, the front-end produces very large notebooks which ...
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What is modifying an init.m that changes menu Palettes order?

When I installed the mathStatica application, it seems to have made some kind of change deep in my Mathematica 8.0.4 system files. That change causes the mathStatica palette to appear out of ...