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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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How can I overload autocompletion to work with full contexts?

I would like for the autocomplete feature to search through contexts, for example if I have a symbol named A`B`C`MyFunction, when I type A` and press "cmd + shift + k" it will complete it. Edit To ...
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Intermediate display similar to PrintTemporary

Using MMA we often come across situations like the following cityLIST = CityData[#, "Name"] & /@ CityData[]; This code if you evaluate will emit some display ...
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How to pipe a stream to another notebook?

Can I pipe an OutputStream object created by OpenWrite (or similar) to a notebook instead of a file? I am aware that I can use ...
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How to prevent Dynamic activity with colour swatches in V10+

Since V10 if I type e.g. an RGBColor or simply a named color a dynamic colour swatch is returned. Same goes for when you e.g. extract colours from a plot (in ...
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How to add an entirely new menu

Is it possible to add an entirely new menu, say menu "CustomApp" on the fly? For example a CustomApp package could add its own menu "CustomApp" with submenus, ect, once Needed. Former examples I ...
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ScheduledTask with scoped variables. Working with timed evaluation

I guess I have to try harder and focus more but timed evaluation always frustrates me. I will show the issue on simple example of delayed trigger. ...
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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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How to work around Mathematica hanging when showing a large SparseArray?

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 In Mathematica 9, if I display any large SparseArray object in the default way (which looks something like ...
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Start Mathematica without the menu bar?

Is there any way to start Mathematica without the main menu bar? To be precise: Sometimes I make standalone mini-applications that I would like to just have in their own little windows without the ...
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Opening new notebooks with a non-default window size

I'd like to set Mathematica (8.0.4.0) up so it opens new notebooks with the "NaturalColor" stylesheet and with a WindowSize like ...
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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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Predictive code completion and custom functions in contexts

Suppose I work for organisation PQR, and have been developing a suite of packages, PQRUtilities, PQRVisualization etc, all of ...
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Avoiding an unresponsive user interface in OS X

I have found that despite Mathematica's numerous updates, each of which have added much functionality, one fundamental issue remains unaddressed: The unresponsiveness of the UI when I make a mistake ...
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How to specify default style in Mathematica 9

In Mathematica 8, I can use GraphicsBoxOptions->{DefaultBaseStyle->{"Graphics", FontFamily -> "Helvetica", FontSize -> 14}} to specify the default font ...
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Is it possible to create Evaluatable cell which will be automatically overwritten?

Am trying to generate an Evaluatable cell which itself is an output cell which will be overwritten when the original Input cell ...
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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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Text replacement rules in $FrontEnd?

I want to set up a part of my Mathematica package so that typing <-Space is replaced with the left arrow character ( or ...
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How to sort cells in a notebook based on cell tags?

Suppose I have a notebook with cells tagged with both numbers and words with numbers always list first, and some cells without cell tags e.g.: ...
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How can I make a stylesheet that counts subcells?

The example cells in the documentation each have count of the cells inside their section: ...
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How to suppress Tooltip in built-in templates?

...or maybe switch the message. But I will be happy with no Tooltip at all. I've naively tried with ...
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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 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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Is there a way to change the indentation behavior of the postfix operator //?

For example, using newlines after // results in some really weird indentation: Ideally, I'd love to be able to do something like this: ...
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Typeset unbalanced brackets

In LaTeX, you can typeset expressions containing unbalanced brackets, by balancing them with an invisible delimiter \left. or ...
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How do you change the font size of a Manipulator label?

I have a stand alone Manipulator (it is not in a Manipulate) and would like to know how to alter the style of the label. There ...
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How to get the new font in Mathematica 10?

Trying out Mathematica 10 and I still get the Courier font, not the new font shown in all of the examples on Wolfram's website. Anybody have any ideas how to get the new font working? Running on Mac ...
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How to select all initialization cells?

Is there an easy way to select all initialization cells (and only those) in a Mathematica notebook?
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How to automate generation of image files?

I need to generate a large number of figures as PNG files, and I'm trying to decide whether Mathematica would be the quickest way to do this. All the figures have the same basic structure, and I'm ...
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List of Mathematica glyphs

Context I am using Mathematica to create live documents - documents that are both interactive and show mathematical derivations. Now, I'm aware that there are certain symbols that are available via: ...
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Programmatically quitting the FrontEnd or running without one?

I have a conundrum. I use an iMac's OS X 10.6.8 settings to start and stop the machine at the specific times that I need a particular notebook to run. I've done this because it has worked more ...
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MouseAppearance and cursor problems

I have to create a Graph object, which can be manipulated by the user, though I do not want to have the Graph-specific cursor ...
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Is mathematica's right click menu customizable to add Simplify tools?

Mathematica provide Algebraic Manipulate palette for simplifying expression. But the palette window will always stay on top, which is quite annoying. Is is ...
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What are the purposes of functions in FrontEnd` context which are duplicates of those in System`?

I noticed that for notebook-related heads, there are usually a pair of same functions, one in System context, another in ...
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Front end freezes on start-up

Update 2015 September 4: An incorrect paclet update was pushed recently that caused Mathematica to not hang on startup with "Initializing kernels". The problem and solution are described here: ...
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How to prevent the welcome screen from showing up after I close my last notebook? (Ubuntu 11.10, MMA 8.0.4.0)

I would like to prevent the welcome screen from showing up after I close my last notebook. This is not an issue on my Windows machine, so I suspect it is system dependent. I am running Ubuntu 11.10. ...
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Can anyone explain this strange behavior of InputForm?

In Mathematica 9.0.0, when to display the input form of two numbers, I come across maybe a puny problem. In order to focus on the problem, I will put up a simplified version. ...
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Move the cursor in a notebook using the keyboard

How can I move through a notebook using only the keyboard? If one tries to use the arrow keys, the cursor tends to get "trapped" in comments and error messages.
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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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How can I style text like in the documentation?

I'm writing an article, and I really like this style that you get when you type ?AnyFunction. Is it possible to achieve this?
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Restrict Sensitivity of Locators in LocatorPane

We can restrict the movement of locators in a LocatorPane as follows: In the following example, the first locator's movement is confined to the x-axis and the ...
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Is there a programmatic equivalent of Edit > Find…?

Most things that can be done via the front-end interface in Mathematica can also be accomplished by some function. Is that the case for find-and-replacing? That is, is there some code I could execute ...
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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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How do I change the pressed button appearance?

On my system when a default button is pressed it turns light blue. This appearance can be changed using this code from the documentation: Use a second element to get the appearance of a pressed ...
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How to customize the MathematicaClosingDialog.nb?

With Mathematica 10 came the closing dialog notebook, which probably most of you deactivated. (You can bring it back by dechecking "Always exit after closing last window" in ...
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Poor anti-aliasing in Rotated text with ClearType on

There is a problem on my system that occurs when text is rotated 90 degrees as it is in frame labels. This only happens when ClearType is turned on, and only around 90 degrees of rotation. I am ...
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Monospaced fonts are not monospaced

I'm using Linux-x86-64 as operating system. Can someone explain this behaviour and maybe give a hint how to resolve it? Here are two lines of exact the same number of letters of a monospaced font: ...
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Preserving indentation when creating a new line (when editing in a package)

Background: This is the third question in a row of questions about how to make editing packages in the front-end much more bearable (the other two are here and here). It seems that the front end is ...
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Default position and size of front-end windows (in Windows 7)

I'm running Mathematica 8 on Windows 7. When I start the Mathematica front end, I would like the menu bar and the blank notebook that opens to appear at a different position and with a different size ...
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Prevent 10.2 from creating “Wolfram Mathematica” directory on Linux

Since upgrading to version 10.2.0.0, every time I start the Mathematica front-end it creates a "Wolfram Mathematica" directory under my home directory. (It never seems to put anything in it.) Anybody ...