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How to assemble and disassemble a function into steps

I've watched many programmers (both novice and expert) write functions in Mathematica and have observed a common behavioral pattern. This pattern has many elements that would be automated and thus ...
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How to set up margins in Mathematica to write a paper

I'm trying to do a problem write-up for my quantum mechanics class and would like use Mathematica, since I'm going to be using matrix mechanics, and it seems like the best way to write a lot of ...
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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 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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Can one upgrade versions directly from Mathematica front end?

The copy of Mathematica I use I get through work. Upgrading this copy is always I time-consuming, pointless chore. I think all of it could be automated. Which makes me wonder: Is there any way to ...
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Unique frontend identifier

I'm hoping to find (or assign at startup) an identifier code that corresponds to the frontend session that's running. It should behave like \$SessionID, except ...
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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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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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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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Colored marks appearing in notebook input text?

Bug introduced in 10, persisting through 10.2 What is the causing these colored marks to appear in my Mathematica notebook? I'm particularly annoyed with the black ovals that occasionally obscure ...
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Floating highlighting bug [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 10.0 and not fixed up to 10.2 At some random point in time the highlighting does not disappear any more. By highlighting I mean transparent boxes appearing for find feature ...
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notebooks not opening in mathematica 10 (still, 15 months later)

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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Mathematica 10 Notebook Fonts Look Bad

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and persisting through 10.3.0 or later I've upgraded my home installation of Mathematica from version 9 to 10 today on a Windows 8.1 machine, and I'm getting a weird font ...
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Automatically execute command after save

I want to run some code automatically after saving my notebook. Is there a $ variable or setting for this?
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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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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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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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Most influential and/or disrupting features introduced with new versions of Mathematica

This is something that has been bugging me for ages. With every upgrade, Mathematica has added new functionalities and amended some of its bugs. In the process, though, some older functionality has ...
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Why does the Ver. 10.0 FrontEnd lose matching of parentheses when we insert quotations?

I am running Mathematica 10.0.1 on a four-year old iMac running OS 10.6.8. The following irritating behavior occurs regularly: I have a list with parentheses, and later on I need to add something to ...
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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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Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?

I've had Mathematica crash on me a number of times, and have had to recreate notebook contents from the last save point. I was looking for something in the preferences like an autosave frequency ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to embed a notebook as a panel in a java GUI?

I'd like to create a GUI that displays a tree, some text boxes, buttons, and then as a panel, a fully-functional notebook. Is that possible?
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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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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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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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Front End does not respond to keys (version 10.2, Linux)

I was often complaining about the front end performance under Linux, but it seems I could pin down a very critical issue. I made a screen-cast that shows how to reproduce the issue Screen-cast on ...
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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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How to make Mathematica use system GTK style under Linux?

Under Linux, Mathematica uses preinstalled QT themes, but I'm sure that it's possible to make it use system GTK style. How?
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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut for Centered Math Cell?

I've been typesetting in mathematica and would like to know if it is possible to use a keyboard shortcut to place a centered math cell or equation symbol aligned math cell in my document without ...
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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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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my 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 others and ...
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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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How to copy code out of notebook to an external text editor without extra line feeds being added?

I am simply trying to copy code from a cell (input cell) in a notebook, to paste the code into a plain text editor, and not have some lines wrap in the middle. I need to copy the code, as is, to a ...
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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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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 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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“Choose how to enter input” - leave me alone

How do I get rid of this: I can't find the appropriate entry in Option Inspector or in WolframPredictiveInterface.
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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 efficiently jump between sections in a notebook?

I have functions defined in some section of the notebook and some cells where I use these functions maaaaany pages below in the same notebook. If I want to go and change the definition of the function ...
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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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Switch actions of Shift+Enter and Enter in notebook interface?

How can I switch the functionality of the Enter and Shift+Enter key combinations in Windows? I find Matlab's interface more intuitive sometimes. By default in Mathematica's front-end, the ...
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What is the complete sequence of evaluations/transformations from submitting a cell to actual evaluation?

This question is inspired by that one. Reading it, I noticed that while (I think) I know what happens when entering an expression directly to the kernel (i.e. after typing ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

Behavior remains unchanged through Mathematica version 10.1.0 As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to ...