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Can I modify Ctrl— to insert Indexed expressions?

For me, Indexed[x, n] is a much more useful and versatile construct than Subscript[x, n]. I would therefore like to modify ...
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Why isn't autosave enabled by default?

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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CreatePalette producing two palettes

f := CreatePalette[PasteButton[α]]; f Evaluating f will generate two palettes and this is not expected. Before version 10, I ...
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How can programmatically close the palette automatically opened by the Notation package [duplicate]

I use << Notation in my init.m to load some custom notations, but now every time I start the kernel the palette always shows up, is any way to stop that? I ...
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How to kill the kernel process from the command line without killing the frontend?

Sometimes the kernel hangs and I'd like to see if I can kill the math-kernel process without destroying my front-end session and losing the changes in my unsaved notebook!
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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 can I set up a cell style that is ascending dates?

Outline style notebooks have cell counters that are simply ascending numbers, but what if I want to apply a function to them and have descending dates like this: So that they auto format and the ...
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Creating a TeXForm/TraditionalForm/etcForm - like function

How could we go about creating a function that behaves like those? After a while thinking, my best try is with CellPrint printing an ...
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Front end typing lag

Under Windows 7 I frequently get serious keyboard lag. My home machine (Windows XP) NEVER lags. I was able to improve things somewhat by running Mathematica as Administrator, but this only went so ...
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How can I make a stylesheet that counts subcells?

The example cells in the documentation each have count of the cells inside their section: ...
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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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What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens?

What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens? Preferably, by version number. Keywords: FrontEndToken, ...
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Where can I find documentation for the File->New->Package window?

I'm using 10.0.0 on OS X. When I go File->New->Package a window similar to a notebook appears, but with different coloration and a row of buttons on the top like 'Update' and 'Run Package'. I'm not ...
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Front End options

Inspired by a recent question and others like it, and not finding an existing duplicate, I ask: What is the hierarchy of Front End options? How do they work? How can their values be set and ...
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Strange appearance artefact in ActionMenu

I've noticed a strange thing with ActionMenu which can also be seen in the documentation for V9 and V10 on OS X. It seems that when an ...
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There is a button in the “basic math assistant” which wraps highlighted text in chosen brackets. Is there no keyboard command for this?

This counts as something of a basic question, but one for which I cannot find an answer. I checked the documentation, I checked google, I searched it here, I read a bunch of different things, but ...
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Limit characters/digits entered into InputField

When using InputField, whether setting the input type as a Number or String, is there a way ...
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Unable to start the front-end

I just updated to Mathematica 10.0.2, and was hoping that it would fix a problem that I had been having where I go to run Mathematica and nothing comes up. If I open task manager, I can see that ...
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How to save all notebook outputs as pdf file

I have produced a lot of graphs and tables in my notebook. I am trying to save all these outputs as pdf file. As we know form Rodney and form Mr. Wizard , we can not use save as function. I have ...
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How can I make new outline cells be created above the current cell on return?

When you hit enter inside an item styled cell (e.g. Cell["", "Outline1"]), a new cell of the same type is created underneath the cell you are currently editing. ...
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How to programatically set options for a selected word?

I want to create a palette with buttons and have it apply to the selected word. No matter what combination I try it always applies it to the entire cell. Imagine that in the sentence: ...
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Why does Mathematica Spawn Additional Dock Icons on OS X?

I've been running a calculation in parallel that requires a rasterize, and doing this requires one to wrap the rasterization with a UsingFrontEnd command (as is ...
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How to mimic Org-Mode with cell dingbats?

I love using org-mode to organize my to-do lists, the functionality is amazing, but it suffers from being stuck inside the emacs terminal... I'm hoping to replicate some basic features into a ...
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How can you resize all the images in a notebook section?

I've pasted a large number of photos and they are too big which makes scrolling hard. Is there a way to automatically have mathematica size them to 10% or something reasonable without have to click on ...
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Can a field be used for both input and output (example: exchange rate calculator)

Suppose I want to build a simple currency converter like this one: The functionality is straightforward: enter an amount in any field box, it gets converted into other currencies whose fields are ...
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How to dynamically filter cells in a notebook?

I have a notebook in outline form and a docked cell with a TextField[] for searching. I'd hide and show cells in a notebook to filter the cells based on the search string (any maybe type of cell and ...
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Possible bug in shallow representations of expressions in messages

I got the following message in Mathematica 10.0.2: I do not have questions about the message itself, but rather about its representation. The program was maninulating with mathematical expressions ...
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How to execute code on FrontEnd quit?

I would like to execute a block of code whenever the FrontEnd quits. I know about $Epilog, but it seems that this would execute every time the kernel quits, which ...
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Annoying FrontEnd bugs in Mathematica 10

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 observed very annoying bugs in the FrontEnd on both ...
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fields entry in ref/StreamPlot

In the ref/StreamPlot help file in Mathematica 10.0.2, we see the following image: Can someone explain how I would type this into an input cell?
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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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How to assemble and disassemble a function into steps

I've watched many programmers (both novice and expert) write functions in Mathematica and have observed a common behavioral pattern. This pattern has many elements that would be automated and thus ...
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Setting up tunnel to access compute nodes behind private LAN via front-end

Context I find the front end on macos way more convenient and I would like to keep my notebooks on my macbook. On the other hand, I have access faster multi-core linux machines behind a LAN. Hence I ...
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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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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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ListPicker with conditional selection

I am reading data from a SQL Database and want to manually sellect multiple rows. ListPicker works very nicely, the only added complication is that I need to not only select the records, but also ...
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Can't type in notebook in version 10

After upgrading to version 10, I sometime get into the situation that I can enter nothing to the notebook. The Mathematica seems alive but it doesn't take any input from the keyboard. I tried to quit ...
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How to set InputAlias for all future notebooks that are opened in current session?

This code (SetOptions[#1, InputAliases -> {"xx" -> "X"}] & ) /@ Notebooks[]; will define the alias [esc]xx[esc] to ...
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In version 10 EvaluationCompletionAction “ShowTiming” no longer gives useful output; any solutions?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0, fixed in 10.0.2 In version 10 using this Front End option no longer gives useful output: ...
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Specify format to NotebookSave

When I save a Mathematica notebook using the front-end Save dialog, I can specify the format: However, the documentation for the NotebookSave command indicates ...
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How to keep window above all other apps?

You can make a notebook or palette hover above all other mathematica windows with the option WindowFloating: ...
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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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What are the purposes of functions in FrontEnd` context which are duplicates of those in System`?

I noticed that for notebook-related heads, there are usually a pair of same functions, one in System context, another in ...
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How to apply by default the style to the Cell instead of the selection?

It's a bit tiresome repeating Ctrl+., or $\uparrow$, Shift+$\downarrow$ (in Mac), or grabbing the mouse to select the bracket every time one want to change the cell style. As style commands on empty ...
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Mathematica script - Using front end

I'm running Mathematica on OS X and I want to create an Automator action that converts spreadsheet files. I have written this script: ...
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“Choose how to enter input” - leave me alone

How to get rid of: I can't find the appriopriate entry in Option Inspector or in WolframPredictiveInterface
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How to sort cells in a notebook based on cell tags?

Suppose I have a notebook with cells tagged with both numbers and words with numbers always list first, and some cells without cell tags e.g.: ...
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Blank sequences do not display anymore as continuous lines

BlankSequence[] and BlankNullSequence[] "suddenly" do not display anymore as "continuous lines" in my v.10.0.1 (OSX) (of course ...
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Where put or edit an init.m to add menu commands?

In this question, answers were given that worked to add items to some menu commands, e.g., additional colors on the Format > Background Color menu, or Help menu items. I have code for such in an ...