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Mathematica's GUI menus look bad on Linux

I installed Mathemaica on Arch Linux several days ago. Everything is well, except for the fact that menus in the GUI look real bad. I have things set up in a way that Qt apps (such as Mathematica) ...
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notebooks not opening in mathematica 10 (still, 15 months later) [closed]

Many of my students have Mathematica notebooks that they cannot open. I think that it's for the same reason identified in the other post with this title from July 2014. If you open a file, DON'T SAVE ...
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Why NotebookDynamicExpression freezes Mathematica on this particular application?

Why does this simple expression freezes Mathematica? (version 10.3.0, Windows 7 64) ...
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How do I create annotations for functions?

In 10.3, Mathematica starts captioning symbol-names into foreign languages if your Interface preferences are set to have Mathematica in a foreign language. I poked around the ...
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Drag and drop editing

Recently I updated to version 10, and now drag and drop editing in the front end doesn't work. In the Options Inspector->Editing Options->Private Editing Options, the DragAndDrop item is grayed out, ...
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Autocomplete is too greedy with the mouse

I have a frustrating user experience problem in Linux; a common occurrence when using the notebook might go like: I have, for some reason, used the mouse (e.g. to place the cursor) and then move the ...
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Specifically retrieving all “non-default” option values from the Options Inspector

Recently Mathematica broke on me and I had to reinstall. I lost all of the changes I've made in my Options Inspector over the past year and am attempting to go back and change them again by memory. ...
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Cell >> Convert To >> Bitmap: FrontEndToken for a specific menu?

I've seen good discussions about and full list of FrontEndTokens. But I could not figure out how to find a specific FrontEndToken for an menu. I'd like to make a Button that does what Cell >> ...
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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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Notebook output in single place

I find that cell output below each cell terrible for organizational purposes. Is there another way to display the output of each cell?
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Launch Front End from .NET MathKernel and return result to .NET

Is it possible to launch a front end and open a notebook from a .NETLink kernel and return a result from the notebook to .NET? In the code below "x" appears in the .NET textbox after 10 seconds but ...
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How to increase the font size used in Mathematica menus

The text used in the Front End menus is too small on my Linux computer. I want to increase its size. How can I do it? I have Mathematica 10.
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Exporting PDF with large PaperSize

Suppose I create a new Notebook: nb = CreateDocument[{TextCell["PDF Test", "Section"], Table[PieChart@Range@5, {7}]}]; And set a big paper ...
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FontFamily option in Style being ignored

Style[\[WhiteKnight], FontFamily -> "Segoe UI Symbol"] The output I'm getting looks like it is in the Mathematica.ttf font, not the designated Segoe UI Symbol ...
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How to “fake” a front-end object when running a Mathematica script? [duplicate]

I'm running a Mathematica script (content of which cannot be disclosed here) and some part of it requires "front-end"? Since it's running in a script, there is not one and it gave the following error: ...
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Activity indicators for slow Dynamic expressions?

With Dynamic and gui-constructs like Popup I always have a problem: when an expression takes a while to evaluate the Dynamic ...
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Copy/Paste of a plot leaves whitespace

I'm trying to copy Mathematica figures into word, but when I do, I get tons of extra white-space for some reason. Either standard ctrl-c - ctrl-p or "copy graphic" does this. I understand that I ...
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Option Inspector, cannot expand navigation pane

The navigation pane in the Option Inspector is too small and I can find no way to make it larger: Is there any way to enlarge it?
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Undo conversion to template notebook [duplicate]

I accidentally converted a notebook to a template notebook by activating the templating toolbar. After this the toolbar always appeared at the top of the notebook. Is there any way to undo this ...
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Why does CreatePalette break my code?

I wrote some code to monitor the tasks that I'm doing - looks like this: Now it works just fine, but as soon as I wrap it up in palette it dies: Nothing updates.... I know there must be an easy ...
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How to set zoom and screen environment from GenerateDocument?

GenerateDocument does not have any options for settings on the notebook it creates. How do I generate a document with ...
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Front ends gone wild with named slots

Bug introduced in version 10, persisting through 10.3 Assume the following simple expression {#"Test"}& Now go in front of the ...
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Paste & set color with a single button (for palettes)

I need to use some colors frequently so I decided to make a palette for this. This is an example palette button that inserts a color: ...
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How to create a new window with manipulate? [duplicate]

How can I create a new window with a Manipulate expression? Currently I'm using: ...
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How to disable user-interaction with Notebook during manipulating it from the Kernel?

When manipulating a Notebook from the Kernel using such functions as NotebookLocate, SelectionMove, ...
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Double Click Selection IntelliJ Idea

How do I support double click selection in IntelliJ Idea? I'm referring to halirutan's plugin.
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Best practices, tools, and snippets for manipulating notebooks, cells, packages, and help access? [duplicate]

Where is the best place to find/submit lists of Wolfram Language/Mathematica best practices, idioms, and patterns, perhaps grouped by topics? I'm personally interested in those that involve using ...
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ClipPlanes on Translated 3D objects crash front end

Bug introduced in 10.1 or earlier and persists through 10.4.1 Applying Translate to a simple 3D object (e.g. Pyramid) along ...
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Non-english spell check dictionaries for Mathematica?

I've spent a fair amount of time bending Mathematica for taking notes and I've been very happy with it, the only missing piece it seems is a nice spell check dictionary for Polish (my mother language)....
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Mathematica doesn't start anymore [duplicate]

the title already indicates my problem. I'm using mathematica on a mac (v.10). For a few days I can't start mathematica anymore. When I start it, it crashes immediately. I don't even get to the front ...
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Mathematica stalling when attempting to “convert unit”

Twice now I have attempted to use the "convert unit" command on the bar below an output and it has caused the program to freeze, and not respond unless using the fix for the frozen kernal when opening ...
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Make Rasterize/Export use Notebook-specific options?

Sometimes I need Notebook-specific options such as Background color or FontProperties -> "ScreenResolution". (Ref: How to ...
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Strange behavior of autocomplete for ColorData [closed]

I'm seeing very weird behavior when autocompleting: Not sure if this is a bug. Is it? (I have OSX v10.2)
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What is a full list of cell styling options and sub-options?

I'm trying to customize a style sheet and have hit a few speed bumps and walls. Firstly, I can't see how to do a few specific things, like to set the color of the cell's left side label: Or how to ...
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Initializing Kernels Problem [duplicate]

I have windows 8 and currently cannot open Mathematica 10. I was able to open it yesterday but am now stuck at the "Initializing Kernels" part and it just freezes. What exact steps do I need to follow ...
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Mathematica not responding to clean start-up

I am currently running Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) and my copy of Mathematica suddenly started misbehaving. I am not sure what I did to invoke this. The splash screen when Mathematica is launched kept ...
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How to load a file in a directory inside the current working directory

How can I use something like that NotebookEvaluate[ "Mathematica\\SomeFile.nb"]; Instead of ...
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NewLine Inconsistency

Copy and paste the following two lines into Mathematica. 1 \[Alpha] \[NewLine] 2 f[ 1 \[Alpha] \[NewLine] 2] The first posts ...
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How to stop auto loading of previously opened notebooks [closed]

I'm trying to prevent Mathematica from opening previously opened notebooks when I start it up. I'm using version 10.0.0.0 on Mac OS X Yosemite. I've dug around in the preferences, and have tried ...
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Programatically align text in the Front End

One can select a cell and using the Front End menu perform Format -> Text Alignment -> Align at 25% Other options are given as well. I have learned from Stack Exchange how to create a button and ...
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Color degrades when using Copy As Bitmap

I have discovered a problem that affects my use of Mathematica. When I use the menu command Edit > Copy As > Bitmap the colors in the copy are subtly degraded. To make this more apparent I copied ...
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How to close all tagged input cells without closing their output cells?

I have tagged certain Input cells I want to be closed during a presentation. I close them as follows: ...
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How to programatically remove an option for all cells?

I'm trying to remove the CellGroupingRules options in every cell in a notebook. Eventually I opened the Notebook in a text ...
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How to make a cell highlight on mouse down?

When a cell has WholeCellGroupOpener set to True, it becomes a clickable button that toggles its cell group open and closed. How can I make the cell change color ...
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How to get highlighted text from event

I want to do the following: Given a text in a Mathematica dynamic module "at runtime". If some text is selected with the cursor/mouse, after the mouse button release, get the selected text. Thank ...
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Syntax highlighting in text cells

I want to write some documentation for a notebook using text cells. Now, I can select parts of the text within such a text cell and set its style to "Input". This does change its font, but there is no ...
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Frontend of 10.2 Really Slow / Dropping Input

I just updated from 10.0.1 to 10.2 in the hopes that it would fix an infuriating intermittent crashing issue and the frontend seems top be way slower and sometimes freezes for about a second dropping ...
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Preventing a Print expression from generating a new cell each time it executed [duplicate]

In reference to the following code: Button["Start", Print[Plot[x^3, {x, -1, 1}]]] When I click on the button the first time, I get a plot of $y = x^3$, perfect. ...
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Front end responds slowly when writing

I have Mathematica 10.1 running on a Windows 7 laptop (i7 processor, 64-bit system with 4 GB Ram). The issue is that when I type in commands the letters build up very slowly on the screen. E.g. when I ...
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Change the background color of matched strings when doing find-and-replace

This is not a fundamental question, but it puzzles me. In doing a Find & Replace for some string in a notebook, the matched string is highlighted temporarily with some background color (green for ...