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Is it possible to enable syntax highlighting for \[Function]?

This is a bit of a long shot but I am wondering if it is possible to enable syntax highlighting in a function defined with \[Function] without resorting to anything ...
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FrontEndTokens, MathLink, and Serializer.exe

I have been using some basic MathLink programming in my work and wanted to create some more sophisticated MathLink programs. I came across the book "MathLink: Network Programming with Mathematica", ...
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Revert Notebook to earlier version using Notebook History

Is it possible to revert a notebook to its earlier version via the Mathematica's Notebook History panel? It would be nice if I could select a point in time in the bottom graph and revert back to that ...
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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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Automatically close Mathematica

It seems there are a lot of related topics but I haven't found an answer. I want to automatically quit Mathematica after some procedures are done but dialog window appears: ...
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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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What is the most effective way to setup a Notebook with transparent background but solid contents?

I know there is a Notebook option WindowOpacity can be used to adjust the opacity of a whole notebook. But what I want is keeping the text and graphics and so on ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to insert an animated image into Mathematica notebook?

I find it very convenient to use Mathematica notebooks to organise the codes + results. I was wondering if it is possible to insert an animated image (say an animated gif) in the middle of a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to select and delete all Output cells?

How to select and delete all Output cells in multiple notebooks programmatically without needing to (manually) opening them? How to define a hot key for deleting all Output cells within a notebook ...
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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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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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Syntax highlighting for your own functions

Mathematica has a useful feature that for functions and special constructs getting passed local variables (for example Minimize or ...
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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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Using the Mathematica front-end efficiently for editing notebooks

Background: I have used Vim for 15+ years. There is a certain "one"-ness with the editor one achieves. Emacs users also experience this. Notepad users do not. My current interaction with the ...
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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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Using NotebookDirectory in batch-mode

I am running Mathematica via the terminal (Linux) and my .m-script contains the command: ...
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How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Changing FrontEnd automatic scrolling in version 8

In Mathematica versions < 8, the FrontEnd has a very intelligent behavior: On evaluation, it by default automatically scrolls down the Notebook window to the last printed Output cell but also ...
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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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Mouse gestures or keyboard shortcuts for navigating forward/backward in the documentation center

Is there any way to get gestures (e.g. trackpad- or Magic-Mouse-swiping left/right) to work for navigating forward and backward in the Mathematica help browser, particularly on a Mac? If not, what are ...
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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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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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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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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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Question about usage of Style as Dynamic object

I saw a Dynamic snippet in this answer, which wrote ...
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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 can I change the style of every newly opened notebook?

I'd like to make Mathematica open a new notebook using the Natural Color template (under the Creative category) by default. Is that possible? If so, how?