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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to create an executable notebook in Mac OS X

All, I am looking for help to create a notebook to be executed via terminal in MAC OSX. The notebook uses the front end. This is what I have so far ...
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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 ...
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can a ColorFunction have side effects?

Can anyone explain this (to me) odd behavior. If I run this code once (fresh kernel) it works as intended. ...
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What should I call the messages that appear when the mouse moves over failed graphics output?

I attempted to evaluate the following Plot[x^2, {x, 1, 2}, PlotStyle -> {RGBColor[a]}] which, of course, failed. After the failure, putting my mouse over the ...
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undisputed FrontEndTokenExecute

Thanks to this great topic, I've found the FrontEndToken that I was looking for: "DeleteGeneratedCells" (well, it is also ...
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Use Slider2D to add data points to a list

This bit of code sets up a list with the first entry already in it -- {{1,1}} ...
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How to set MouseAppearance to void?

I need to get an output graphics which does not show mouse cursor over itself. I didn't find a corresponding value in MouseAppearance documentation and ended up ...
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some Graphics output do not fully render on the screen until an extra click is made into the notebook

Sometimes when using a command such as Grid and looking at the output, some of the actual lines (frame, gridlines) that make up the display will be missing on the ...
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Character display color

I'm looking to cause the front end to display individual characters in a specific color, just in general, as a default sort of thing. For instance, the character "1" would always display as a red 1, ...
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What is the syntax for selecting multiple layers in an Overlay?

From the documentation: Overlay[{Subscript[expr, 1],Subscript[expr, 2],...},{i,j,...},s] allows selections to be made and controls to be clicked in Subscript[expr, s]. and an example of ...
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Frontend coloring of Table[x, {x, 0, x}]

I have a small question about how the Mathematica frontend colours in the variables that appear in (wrongly written) iterators. More specifically, I'm intrigued by the colour of the third ...
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How to insert a link to a generic file, in the middle of a text style cell/paragraph?

It is easy to insert a Hyperlink to a notebook file, or to an internet address, in the middle of a text style cell (Ctrl+Shift+H or menu: Insert->hyperlink). Trying to create a hyperlink to a file ...
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Opening a notebook from command line in an existing front end instance

I am using Linux, and I would like to be able to programmatically open notebooks in a running Mathematica instance from the command line. Currently, doing something like ...
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Remove braces, {}, from around DynamicModule output?

Is there a way to remove the braces from the front end output associated with DynamicModule? For instance: ...
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Converting Mathematica Greek letters from Notebook to Unicode Form in SE

Related : How to "Copy as Unicode" from a Notebook? ...
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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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Borked Find Window in OS X

I've been having this happen to me on a daily basis with the Find & Replace window on OS X: No text can be typed into the red regions, so all find & replace functionality is gone when this ...
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How to preserve focus on InputField after Print?

If you press Enter in the example below it should become clear that test is being adding to the textbox instead of the current ...
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Setting individual CellContext for each notebook loses autocomplete suggestions

I'm running Mathematica 9.0.1 under OS X. In order to have separate contexts for each of my notebooks, I used the instructions in the last part of the accepted answer from the following link: Is ...
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StringJoin/FileNameJoin doesn't quite work in script

My mathematica script is as follows: ...