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How can I make images in the cell auto-adjust to some fixed-size

There is one auto-adjust item in the right-click menu of image in cell. And other related items are actual size and ...
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How to convert a notebook cell to a string retaining all formatting, colorization of identifiers etc?

I have an opened Mathematica notebook containing several cells. Suppose, I am interested in one of them -- it may contain a complete or incomplete expression (e.g. with syntax errors, highlighted ...
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Changing FrontEnd automatic scrolling in version 8

In Mathematica versions < 8, the FrontEnd has a very intelligent behavior: On evaluation, it by default automatically scrolls down the Notebook window to the last printed Output cell but also ...
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Adapting “Find and Replace” functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills in ...
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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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Why isn't autosave enabled by default? [closed]

While I've come across several ways to implement/enable autosave (see: Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?, Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end ...
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How to add rows to a Grid in front end?

I created a grid g1 with Grid[] and then a separate grid g2. ...
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Evaluate Initialization Cells of another notebook

Although there may be better ways to get data and definitions from another notebook (packages, read/write dumps, ...), sometimes it is convenient to just evaluate the initialization cells from another ...
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Emulate Powerpoint behavior: Show additional cell content with each click

Is it possible to emulate powerpoint animation behavior during a presentation with Mathematica? Considering a notebook with cell of numbered items or even several cells, is it possible to display a ...
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What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens?

What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens? Preferably, by version number.
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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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Question about usage of Style as Dynamic object

I saw a Dynamic snippet in this answer, which wrote ...
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Combination of CellPrint and PrintTemporary, or DisplayForm for Cells

I'm programmatically generating some formatted output that generates a cell in the form of a Cell[] expression. For instance, the output might be ...
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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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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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Use Initialization Cells to open a CellGroup

I would like to use "Evaluate Initialization Cells" to open a CellGroup in a notebook. However, the following code doesn't work if placed in an initialization cell: ...
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Making large tables easy to read with frozen headings and scrollbars [duplicate]

I would like to represent a table containing a large amount of information in such a way that I can (a) use scrollbars and (b) have table headings that don't scroll off the screen [just like the Free ...
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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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ShowSelection color

The color of a selection is controlled by the operating system. E.g., enter the following code in separate cells. ...
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Is it possible to improve Mathematica's auto-completion feature?

In this answer Brett Champion describes how one can intercept and modify the suggestions used for auto-completion. Question: Is it possible to modify the suggestion for the automatic auto-completion ...
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Can one optimize AutomaticNumbering feature?

If one wants to use the automatic numbering feature of Mathematica, he has to make tags for cells of the type he wants to be referenced to. Then, as soon as he needs to make a reference to the tagged ...
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Predictive code completion and custom functions in contexts

Suppose I work for organisation PQR, and have been developing a suite of packages, PQRUtilities, PQRVisualization etc, all of ...
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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut for Centered Math Cell?

I've been typesetting in mathematica and would like to know if it is possible to use a keyboard shortcut to place a centered math cell or equation symbol aligned math cell in my document without ...
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Autocomplete not working on Mma9 on Linux

I started using Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12.10 and, sometimes, autocomplete doesn't work. The suggestions window shows up for just a fraction of second, and quickly disappears. Do you have any idea on ...
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Cannot save file

Hello I have a problem in saving files in Mathematica. I can't save not only notebooks but also figures. When I choose to save the notebook it open a window that says: Mathematica could not find ...
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Memory leak in FE?

A very abridged example of what was originally a major leak ...
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Antialiasing in 3D

Is it possible? Is it platform specific? Does it rely on the graphics hardware? Why does the antialiasing slider under Preferences > Appearance > Graphics do nothing? I remember seeing some ...
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Is it possible to embed a notebook as a panel in a java GUI?

I'd like to create a GUI that displays a tree, some text boxes, buttons, and then as a panel, a fully-functional notebook. Is that possible?
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On Reverting Code that Mma Switches to Raw Input Form Back to Standard Form

I experienced a similar issue to what is described in this post while editing formatted usage messages (that contained italics) in the declaration section of a package that I'm developing in the ...
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Help bogged down at first query [duplicate]

When I open help at the first time in a mathematica session and I submit a query it always get bogged down for many seconds until a message appears as in the picture. Then I select continue waiting, I ...
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Aligning Text Using Spaces While Maintaining Pretty Print

To help illustrate my problem, consider the following cell: First thing to notice is that there is syntax highlighting. Second, I can pretty print mathematics; that is, I see $x^2$ instead of ...
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Is it possible to create Evaluatable cell which will be automatically overwritten?

Am trying to generate an Evaluatable cell which itself is an output cell which will be overwritten when the original Input cell ...
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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my theretical work is a need to import some experimental data to work with. This means that my notebook depends on some external files which makes it difficult to share it with ...
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How to create a button that colors a selected piece of text in a cell?

I use Mathematica 9.0.1 and I want change the color of a selection in a text cell using a button. But when I use this code it changes the color of the entire cell. ...
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What's the internal command for entering a fraction?

I'm looking for the FrontEnd`Foo[...]-like command that's triggered when pressing Ctrl + /. Are there any discoverability ...
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Change “Format type of new input cells” to InputForm

In Preferences -> Evaluation there is a menu to change "Format type of new input cells" and the only options available are: StandardForm, TraditionalForm, and Raw InputForm. Is it possible to set ...
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Looking for documentation on code editor's color/style highlighting

Where can I find reference documentation (as opposed to, e.g., tutorials, etc.) on the meanings of the various color/style highlightings that Mathematica automatically assigns to code as one types it? ...
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Emulating a button push or a mouse click with Mathematica code

I need to perform a long action with a button. I tried setting the DynamicEvaluationTimeout, but it seems it doesn't work for me. So I want to try using several ...
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Does an equivalent of marks in vim exist for navigating notebooks quickly? [duplicate]

Is it possible in the Mathematica front-end to associate a keyboard shortcut with a cursor location in the notebook (kind of like marks in vim) so that one can return to them quickly later? (Just ...
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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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Is there a convenient way to localize all variables in a new notebook? [duplicate]

I often digress to test some others’ code when working on my own problems. Usually, I have to check if there are conflict variables. Of course, it is not a wise way. By contrast, all the variables in ...
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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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How can I get the style of selected cells?

How can I get the style such as Input, Text, Code, etc., of a selected cell? If a group of cells is selected, how can I get styles of all the cells in the group?
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Copy last/second last (etc.) input from history into current cell

I like to use terminals (e.g. gnome-terminal) where you can use the up key to copy the last command into the current input 'field'. For example, to repeat the last ...
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How to change Mathematica cursor globally?

I usually use my OS with negative colors (to keep my eyes calm...). I had seen a function called MouseAppearence that changes the cursor. I would like configure ...
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How to zoom and pan a ListLinePlot?

I'm using ListLinePlot inside a Manipulate function to display some data. I've seen that Mathematica allows zooming and panning ...
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Why FrontEnd`KernelExecute doesn't work in KeyEventTranslations.tr?

Which commands can you put in KeyEventTranslations.tr ? There is an extensive list of FrontEndTokens, but what else can you use? Why something like this doesn't ...
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How can I add a background to a stylesheet?

In version 9 we can set the background to an image, however I'd like to save this into a stylesheet that can be installed.
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Is there a shortcut to select all cells above the current cursor position?

Is there a command / menu entry / keyboard shortcut to evaluate all cells above / up to the current cursor position? I have the feeling I am missing something elementary here... Addendum: In fact, it ...