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How to make a parallel auto-generated .m package from Initialization cells?

according to the documentation at ref/InitializationCell, When you first save a notebook that contains initialization cells, you have the option to make a ...
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how to make cursor jump automatically to next input cell after evaluating previous one?

When making separate cells in order to make separate computations to better see the result of each one before going to the next cell to do the next computation (which is a good way of doing things), ...
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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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Take screenshot of the entire desktop using Mathematica

Is it possible to get a screenshot of the entire desktop directly in Mathematica? I am on Ubuntu running Mathematica 8. For some reason GUIScreenShot[] fails. But ...
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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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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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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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Automatically close Mathematica

It seems there are a lot of related topics but I haven't found an answer. I want to automatically quit Mathematica after some procedures are done but dialog window appears: ...
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How does AutoStyleWords work?

The title says it all. I assume it provides some way of automatically applying a certain style, or a list of options, to certain words written, just like other options of the sort like ...
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Opening a context menu (with the Menu key)

Is it by any chance possible to make the Menu key work as one would expect in Mathematica: opening a context menu? The Menu key does nothing in version 7 or 8 on Windows.
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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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How to programmatically mark and then select a subset of input cells?

I'm developing a package that needs to exert significant control over a notebook while a user interacts with it. One specific thing that it needs to do, programmatically, is to select a specific ...
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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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Obtaining the number in CounterBox

Is there a way of obtaining the current number of a counterbox? Say for instance that in a new notebook you create 3 section cells. Then by evaluating the command: ...
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How to enter textual subscripts and superscripts?

When I add a sub- or superscript to a letter in a "Text" cell using the "Writing Assistant" palette this letter becomes Italic: ...
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How to unlock a stylesheet which is not needed anymore by the FrontEnd

Reply from WRI Support: [...] This indeed seems to be an issue with the Frontend on Windows and I have alerted the development team about this. Unfortunately I do not have a work around at ...
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Close subgroup of cells and keep them closed

Styles can be used to give your calculation a book-like structure; with chapters, sections and paragraphs. Closing those subgroups of cells you don't want to see is then very powerful to create visual ...
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Running a package automatically when it's saved

When developing some new code (eg. a function to analyse something) I usually make a .m and .nb file. The code goes in to .m is then called from the .nb. But sometimes I forget to run the package ...
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How can I make a cell that contains an image which can be shifted?

When you're looking at some help pages, they may have cells containing images which can be shifted within the cell by left-clicking and dragging the mouse. Here is a sample: ...
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Manipulate (Linux version of Mathematica)

I'm runnning Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 11.10. After installing CDF player I still have problem (most of time) with Manipulate. Only way I'm able to change value of a ...
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Prevent text from wrapping in a notebook

By default in the Notebook interface the text wraps. Is it possible to prevent this wrapping?
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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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Tracking Initialization

How to track Initialization step by step? Any tricky solution is ok. One condition, x should be ...
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Custom (physics) dictionary for mathematica (used for word-processing, spell checking)

Is there a dictonary available that contains physics slang like spinor, vacua, gauge etc.?? How would one integrate such a file (or a simple text file containing the words) into the front-end without ...
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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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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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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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Memory leak in FE?

A very abridged example of what was originally a major leak ...
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How to grab output from evaluating input cells in a generated notebook

The notebook expression resulting from ... ...
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How to Add a PageBreak menu by MenuSetup.tr

In 1998 there was a discussion on comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica how to add am PageBreak menu to Mathematica. I used the recipe from there for very long time (in fact, I used Mathematica 4 till ...
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Revert FullForm-ed text to prettyprinted

Sometimes strings in a notebook/package file end up garbled due to some unknown/unintentional conversion of the expression/cell/notebook. I could not find a way to revert such unreadable text to its ...
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How to let output and message be print to two separate external files?

How to let output and message be print to two separate external files? Also, I'd like the content print out to have similar look as when it's print inside the notebook, i.e. it should be in ...
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More frugal display of usage messages in auto-completion popup – possible? [duplicate]

Update: I think the more general question I should have asked is: How should I write usage messages to work well with auto-completion? Is there documentation on how to prepare a package for convenient ...
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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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Same Mathematica 9.1 Student License on both Ubuntu and Windows 7 [closed]

Is it possible to install Mathematica 9.1 on both Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium on the same machine. I want to be able to use Mathematica on Ubuntu since I wrote some numerical codes ...
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How to work around Column cutting off a pixel row from images?

I have a problem where Column will occasionally cut off a single pixel from the top of images. To reproduce the problem, evaluate this: ...
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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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Autocomplete short symbol names in non-global context

Is it possible in v9 to autocomplete the short symbol names when one is operating in a context other than Global`? I.e. after evaluating the following: ...
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Why do quote marks appear in output when saved with Save Selection As?

Update #2: This behavior has been confirm across platforms and in multiple versions. Therefore: Is this a bug or a feature? Can I disable this "feature" so that copying a selection of Cell contents ...
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Bug in grouping after editing code?

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.4.1 or later While looking at A question about conditional replacement I think I discovered a bug in the Front End that affects both 7.0.1 ...
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Why does the Front End group backslashes into pairs?

What is \\ for? Help finds nothing on it. An odd number of backslashes greater than one are grouped by two and the last one is displayed with a different color. ...
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Updating styles which are based on styles changed in private stylesheet

Intro Styles can inherit from other styles: base one style on another? And for example WolframAlphaLong is inheriting from ...
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How to rotate 3D graphics in ListAnimate … without making a mess?

Manipulate is, of course, wonderful … but there are LOTS of examples that are simply far too computationally intensive to use live real-time animations for. In such ...
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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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Difference between double quotes

I have a notebook and I enter something like PlotLabel->"my label with dynamic number "<>ToString[strange] and I get errors like However, the double ...
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Prevent Mathematica from “romanizing” a string of letters?

When I'm authoring in text style (Alt-7), I'll often include inline math. Whenever I enter two or more consecutive letters (e.g., $ax^2$), Mathematica will automatically "romanize" (or "un-italicize") ...
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How to configure two Mathematica in different places with different settings

For some reasons, I should use two language versions Mathematica. The most reason is I want to see the comparison of Help page(English version and Chinese version) to improve my English, both are ...
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Error when attempting to save Notebook. Cause and solution?

I am experiencing an error attempting to save a modified Notebook in Mathematica 10 under Windows. The error I get is: ...
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How can I protect my notebook file with a password to open and save changes?

I want to protect my .nb file with a password, because now I'm using a free access computer in my university. Everybody student in my university can use that computer and I do not want my .nb file can ...
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Table of sections with CellPrint

I am trying to produce a table of sections with each section containing a DynamicModule. My two questions are: (1) How do I produce grouped sections that are folded ...