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Does one need to be careful about loading multiple (many) contexts or packages in the same session?

I have a number of large pieces of precomputed data which I am considering putting into individual packages in order to load them (via DeclarePackage) and unload ...
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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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Hide both input cell and output cell

You can double-click the right gutter of a input cell to hide a corresponding output cell or double-click the gutter of the output cell to hide the input cell. I would like to hide both the input and ...
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Set a path relative to $UserBaseDirectory in the option inspector

Is there a way to set a setting in the option inspector to a path that is relative to some global Mathematica variable? I'm trying to set up a default stylesheet by setting ...
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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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How to open/close all collapsed/open cells?

Is there a way to open/close all collapsed/open cells? The reason is for a long notebook, it is convenient to see all the section and subsection headings at once.
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Unable to save changes in Option Inspector from one session to another for the Documentation Center

I wanted to change the global option "WindowsSize" to the "large" value using the Option Inspector. It works well for the current session. But then I realize the "Apply" button was greyed and not ...
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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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Ugly font rendering (ubuntu 12, overrides system settings)

Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12 renders fonts very poorly. Text is readable, but it makes it very hard to concentrate on programming. Since smoothing on Ubuntu on low DPI screens isn't very good either, ...
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What is the real default CellEvaluationFunction?

The default CellEvaluationFunction is Identity but one can quickly see that this is handled specially as an equivalent function, ...
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How to toggle visibility of all the evaluatable cells (but not their output)?

I know that I can select individual evaluatable cells and disable their Open property (through Cell > Cell Properties), but ...
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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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MathKernel doesn't return all Messages

In Mathematica I run this command: Plot[Sin[x], {x, 1, 15}, GridLines -> error] It generates a Plot with this error message: A GridLines specification ...
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Can I evaluated a cell in a notebook in a background process?

I currently run my Mathematica on a linux computer through Putty and Xming. Xming provides a graphical display for Mathematica windows running on a remote linux computer. But recently, the network ...
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Slow CreateDialog when passing image sequence

I'm attempting to display an image sequence of 40 images inside of a Manipulate that cycles through each frame with a slider. I would like the ...
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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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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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Can I make V9 prompt witb “In[1]:=” before I enter an expression?

Using an older version of Mathematica, I was used to the system automatically beginning each notebook line with In[1]:=. All I did was enter the expression and ...
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Frontend cursor movement speed depends on the position in large notebook file

I run Mathematica v9 on my Atom laptop (don't ask) and I got used to the fact that everything is slower. Except for one annoying thing: cursor movement (in text) is slower than the keyboard key repeat ...
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How to change the start path of SystemDialogInput

It seems that every time the start directory of SystemDialogInput is always the same, is it possible to set the start directory to the last used directory? For ...
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Make the linked images show well?

Cell[TextData[{ "(16) ", ButtonBox["[images]", BaseStyle->"Hyperlink", ButtonData->{"http://i.stack.imgur.com/gHWby.png", None}]}], "Text"] After click ...
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Multiple notebooks in Mathematica

While working with multiple files in Mathematica, is there a way to have the names of the files appear along with the minimized window of the file. I mean that sometimes I forget which file was places ...
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How can I add shortcut to StyleBox

How can I add shortcut to StyleBox we can Ctrl+B to overstrike font. i.e. strong or **strike**. Can I add one new shortcut Ctrl+R to make the font become ...
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Is there a way to interactively read a point from a Graphics3D?

Suppose I have a tesselation, e.g. the Stanford bunny: bunny = Import["http://graphics.stanford.edu/~mdfisher/Data/Meshes/bunny.obj", "OBJ"] I'd like to be ...
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Is it possible to use Find with wild cards?

When making global changes to code and variables Find is a great resource. Is there a way to use Find with wild cards to find and replace any non numerical elements or to find and replace only ...
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Is it possible to use some short form in Postfix

example 1 we can use Information , but can not use ? Sin // Information Sin // ? ...
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Make all new cells have a specific style as a function of the Mathematica installation

I would like all new input and output cells, in fact all new cells including section headers and such, to have a specific stylistic property (...
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How can the evaluation queue be aborted?

While developing, I would sometimes like to stop evaluation of selected cells at a certain point. The following example nearly seems to work, but repeated runs of ...
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DynamicModule variables that retain values during code reloading

At times I'll find myself building a some interface component where I want to have some localized dynamic variables, and while testing I might realize that some bit of the code needs to change, which ...
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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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How to convert a notebook cell to a string retaining all formatting, colorization of identifiers etc?

I have an opened Mathematica notebook containing several cells. Suppose, I am interested in one of them -- it may contain a complete or incomplete expression (e.g. with syntax errors, highlighted ...
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Adapting “Find and Replace” functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills in ...
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How can I make images in the cell auto-adjust to some fixed-size

There is one auto-adjust item in the right-click menu of image in cell. And other related items are actual size and ...
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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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How to add rows to a Grid in front end?

I created a grid g1 with Grid[] and then a separate grid g2. ...
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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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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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Using NotebookDirectory in batch-mode

I am running Mathematica via the terminal (Linux) and my .m-script contains the command: ...
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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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Emulate Powerpoint behavior: Show additional cell content with each click

Is it possible to emulate powerpoint animation behavior during a presentation with Mathematica? Considering a notebook with cell of numbered items or even several cells, is it possible to display a ...
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Question about usage of Style as Dynamic object

I saw a Dynamic snippet in this answer, which wrote ...
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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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Cell brackets on left side?

Is it possible to have the cell brackets on the left? I looked through the options and couldn't find anything, but maybe it's some kind of esoteric style setting or something. The reason I'm looking ...
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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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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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Use Initialization Cells to open a CellGroup

I would like to use "Evaluate Initialization Cells" to open a CellGroup in a notebook. However, the following code doesn't work if placed in an initialization cell: ...
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Making large tables easy to read with frozen headings and scrollbars [duplicate]

I would like to represent a table containing a large amount of information in such a way that I can (a) use scrollbars and (b) have table headings that don't scroll off the screen [just like the Free ...
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ShowSelection color

The color of a selection is controlled by the operating system. E.g., enter the following code in separate cells. ...
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Is it possible to make v9 ignore case when completing names?

In v8, I could type, say, fulls or texf to get FullSimplify or ...