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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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Is there a way to control V10's undo length?

This may be a duplicate (if so I will remove this), but I was having trouble finding the relevant bit of documentation to fix it. I noticed that my FrontEnd memory ...
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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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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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SubTitle and SubSubTitle do not group by default

For some reason, the SubTitle and SubSubTitle cell formats do not group automatically on my machine any more, and I cannot ...
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Combine InputAlias with InputString to parse expressions from a string

My knowledge of low-level notebook programming is very limited so I would be very grateful for any input regarding the following issue: I would like to define an input alias (via ...
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Enhanced “Complete Selection” (dynamic autocomplete) for Text input?

The autocomplete ("Complete Selection") feature Ctrl-K (or F2 on Windows) works fine for functions and code input. Is there a way to enhance it for text input? Today’s standard (see e.g. OpenOffice ...
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FontSubstitutions: how do they work?

I'm puzzled by FontSubstitutions. The help says this: FontSubstitutions is an option for Style and Cell that gives a list of substitutions to try for font ...
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How to get full-screen graphics canvas?

Is it possible to create a full-screen graphics without any front end elements like cell brackets and scrollbars? The zero approximation can be ...
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How to add more levels to Outline notebooks

The Outline stylesheet only seems to cover 6 levels of depth. Is there any way to increase that? Here's an example. Hitting tab on the last level just indents its content, but doesn't add another ...
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How to execute kernel command from Front End?

Documentation for Yuri E. Kandrashkin's OptionsExplorer package says to add the following menu commands in MenuSetup.tr: ...
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How can I determine the hyperlink of a currently opened documentation page programmatically?

Every pages in the documentation has a hyperlink. Here are some examples: ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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Changing default window appearance

Since every single time I start Mathematica, my first action is aligning the windows properly (Notebook on the left for $2/3$ of the screen, help on the right for the other $1/3$), I was wondering ...
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After modifying expression, new result doesn't replace old one

After I modify and re-evaluate an expression, the new result doesn't replace the old one. Rather, what happens is that the old result gets pushed down and Mathematica displays the current result at ...
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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 ...
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Creating and editing new stylesheets

I'm trying to create a stylesheet, but the process has become painful. I'm sure that this has to do something with resetting something in Mathematica everytime I make changes to the stylesheet. To ...
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How do I prevent auto loading of blank notebook at startup?

I'm using Mathematica 8 with operating system Mac OS X Lion. When I open Mathematica it always loads a blank notebook. I don't want it to load anything by default. In the Preferences pane there ...
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How to get rid of Panel margins?

I have a feeling that there is something wrong in general with Mathematica's way of dealing with margins and spaces among/around objects in Graphics, ...
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Programmatically opening a palette from the Palettes menu

How can I programmatically open a palette from the Palettes menu? Is there a Front End token for this? Motivation: Certain settings for the palettes that are installed into standard locations and ...
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How to close the front end so I can clear all Global variables?

I first thought that doing Quit[] in a cell, or Evaluation->Quit kernel, is supposed to remove all Global variables, but I have a case where this is not happening, then I read that there is a command ...
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Dynamically link cell content in Mathematica?

Is it possible to dynamically link the content of two cells? For example, can I set up a Notebook with two text cells that display the same value, and if the user types in one the other updates, etc.? ...
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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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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before the 'i' in With I ...
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Why is MenuCommandKey not working in my stylesheet?

Here is the cell style data for my custom version of Section: ...
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How can I create some shorthand notation for a custom control?

Per this question, I have created a custom graphical control object which evaluates to a list of values. I would like to be able to create such an object quickly, rather than typing some command, ...
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Keeping Quotation Marks in Output

I am running into the following seemingly simple problem. I have this code: testphrase="i love you"; input=ToLowerCase[StringSplit[testphrase, Whitespace]] It ...
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Save notebook without including Front End version information

How can a notebook be saved without including the front end version? If you open a .nb file, you'll see something like ...
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Changing default ImageSize in the frontend?

I would like graphs to appear somewhat larger in my notebooks (running v8.0.4 on OSX 10.8.2). Naturally I can specify ImageSize in each individual plot, or drag ...
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Prevent front-end from reformatting long fractions while editing

I am editing an expression containing wide fractions (typeset with fraction boxes): But if, while editing the equation, the fraction exceeds some threshold (seems to be approximately the window ...
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Can individual locators in LocatorPane be temporarily disabled?

This follows up on another question about the sensitivity of Locators in a a LocatorPane. I would like to be able to enable/disable individual locators in a LocatorPane. In the simplified version of ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to have any affect on the number of times a Message is repeated ...
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How to keep $FrontEnd options from resetting?

I'm trying to get Mathematica to look in a different, version-tracked folder for the 'TextResources' files that it uses to build the Front End. I've prepended my version-tracked folder path to the ...
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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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Is it possible to define more than 9 shortcuts for notebook cell styles?

You can define shortcuts for notebook cell styles in the stylesheet editor, by adding MenuCommandKey->"7", etc. to the style definition. That is, you can define ...
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Why is SystemDialogInput failing to return a save file path?

I am encountering a problem using SystemDialogInput within a Button. The code below shows what I am doing. To test this create a ...
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CellEvaluationFunction or $PreRead stripping inline cells from text cells

I want to create a textual style that has some CellEvaluationFunction that processes the contents of the cell a certain way. Particularly, it has to do something ...
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Forcing Mathematica to recognize a symbol without defining it

In the Mathematica front-end, symbols that have been defined are colored black and symbols with no definition associated are colored blue. This is useful to prevent spelling mistakes. Also, defined ...
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Evaluate open cell segments in a notebook

The Evaluate > EvaluateNotebook evaluates the whole notebook. Is it possible to somehow evaluate ONLY the open sections of a notebook?
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How to make “Text” Cell which does not auto-format in TraditionalForm in-line math expressions?

This is a continuation of the previous post: How to enter textual subscripts and superscripts?. When dealing with complex in-line math expressions inside a "Text" ...
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Searching Notebooks for String Patterns using Workbench v2

The Workbench webpage describing new features in version 2 lists the ability to "Search notebook documents with the Mathematica pattern search utility" under the heading Mathematica Front End ...
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How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?

How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?
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Is it possible to enclose code into collapsible/expandable regions? [duplicate]

In some programming languages (e.g. C#, Visual Basic) there are language constructs that have no effect on the execution of code whatsoever, but exist solely to allow grouping fragments of code into ...
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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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Render dynamic Graphics objects static

As was discussed in the comments of another question (MathLink Graphical Output (Plots) to File), Graphcis objects produced by commands such as ...
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Delay of events detection dependent of “MouseDown” position

Let's say we have a Rectangle with color which depends of CurrentValue["MouseOver"]: ...
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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 ...