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Strange appearance artefact in ActionMenu

I've noticed a strange thing with ActionMenu which can also be seen in the documentation for V9 and V10 on OS X. It seems that when an ...
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There is a button in the “basic math assistant” which wraps highlighted text in chosen brackets. Is there no keyboard command for this?

This counts as something of a basic question, but one for which I cannot find an answer. I checked the documentation, I checked google, I searched it here, I read a bunch of different things, but ...
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Limit characters/digits entered into InputField

When using InputField, whether setting the input type as a Number or String, is there a way ...
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Unable to start the front-end

I just updated to Mathematica 10.0.2, and was hoping that it would fix a problem that I had been having where I go to run Mathematica and nothing comes up. If I open task manager, I can see that ...
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How to save all notebook outputs as pdf file

I have produced a lot of graphs and tables in my notebook. I am trying to save all these outputs as pdf file. As we know form Rodney and form Mr. Wizard , we can not use save as function. I have ...
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How can I make new outline cells be created above the current cell on return?

When you hit enter inside an item styled cell (e.g. Cell["", "Outline1"]), a new cell of the same type is created underneath the cell you are currently editing. ...
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How to programatically set options for a selected word?

I want to create a palette with buttons and have it apply to the selected word. No matter what combination I try it always applies it to the entire cell. Imagine that in the sentence: ...
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Why does Mathematica Spawn Additional Dock Icons on OS X?

I've been running a calculation in parallel that requires a rasterize, and doing this requires one to wrap the rasterization with a UsingFrontEnd command (as is ...
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How to mimic Org-Mode with cell dingbats?

I love using org-mode to organize my to-do lists, the functionality is amazing, but it suffers from being stuck inside the emacs terminal... I'm hoping to replicate some basic features into a ...
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How can you resize all the images in a notebook section?

I've pasted a large number of photos and they are too big which makes scrolling hard. Is there a way to automatically have mathematica size them to 10% or something reasonable without have to click on ...
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Can a field be used for both input and output (example: exchange rate calculator)

Suppose I want to build a simple currency converter like this one: The functionality is straightforward: enter an amount in any field box, it gets converted into other currencies whose fields are ...
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How to dynamically filter cells in a notebook?

I have a notebook in outline form and a docked cell with a TextField[] for searching. I'd hide and show cells in a notebook to filter the cells based on the search string (any maybe type of cell and ...
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Possible bug in shallow representations of expressions in messages

I got the following message in Mathematica 10.0.2: I do not have questions about the message itself, but rather about its representation. The program was maninulating with mathematical expressions ...
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How to execute code on FrontEnd quit?

I would like to execute a block of code whenever the FrontEnd quits. I know about $Epilog, but it seems that this would execute every time the kernel quits, which ...
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fields entry in ref/StreamPlot

In the ref/StreamPlot help file in Mathematica 10.0.2, we see the following image: Can someone explain how I would type this into an input cell?
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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 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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Setting up tunnel to access compute nodes behind private LAN via front-end

Context I find the front end on macos way more convenient and I would like to keep my notebooks on my macbook. On the other hand, I have access faster multi-core linux machines behind a LAN. Hence I ...
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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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Evaluate selection in new window or new notebook?

Sometimes when you have long code you need to check some part of this code. the way I am using currently is to selected the part that I want and then copy it to new notebook and then evaluate it ...
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ListPicker with conditional selection

I am reading data from a SQL Database and want to manually sellect multiple rows. ListPicker works very nicely, the only added complication is that I need to not only select the records, but also ...
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Can't type in notebook in version 10

After upgrading to version 10, I sometime get into the situation that I can enter nothing to the notebook. The Mathematica seems alive but it doesn't take any input from the keyboard. I tried to quit ...
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How to set InputAlias for all future notebooks that are opened in current session?

This code (SetOptions[#1, InputAliases -> {"xx" -> "X"}] & ) /@ Notebooks[]; will define the alias [esc]xx[esc] to ...
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In version 10 EvaluationCompletionAction “ShowTiming” no longer gives useful output; any solutions?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0, fixed in 10.0.2 In version 10 using this Front End option no longer gives useful output: ...
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Specify format to NotebookSave

When I save a Mathematica notebook using the front-end Save dialog, I can specify the format: However, the documentation for the NotebookSave command indicates ...
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How to keep window above all other apps?

You can make a notebook or palette hover above all other mathematica windows with the option WindowFloating: ...
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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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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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How to apply by default the style to the Cell instead of the selection?

It's a bit tiresome repeating Ctrl+., or $\uparrow$, Shift+$\downarrow$ (in Mac), or grabbing the mouse to select the bracket every time one want to change the cell style. As style commands on empty ...
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Mathematica script - Using front end

I'm running Mathematica on OS X and I want to create an Automator action that converts spreadsheet files. I have written this script: ...
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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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Blank sequences do not display anymore as continuous lines

BlankSequence[] and BlankNullSequence[] "suddenly" do not display anymore as "continuous lines" in my v.10.0.1 (OSX) (of course ...
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Where put or edit an init.m to add menu commands?

In this question, answers were given that worked to add items to some menu commands, e.g., additional colors on the Format > Background Color menu, or Help menu items. I have code for such in an ...
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Manipulate Demo Full Screen

Is it possible to create a demo using Manipulate and then open it in a document that can be expanded to full screen?
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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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Is is possible add a stylesheet into the menu?

I always use the PastelColor stylesheet in Mathematica 8, since I think it is comfortable to my eyes. But it can be no longer found in the Menu in Mathematica 10, ...
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How to disable multiple document interface (MDI) in Mathematica 10?

I want that there was no window-in-window interface. How to disable it?
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Better Autocompelete for the Front-End

I wonder if it is possible to improve the front-end's autocomplete capability. Compared with some other more sophisticated editors/IDEs, such as eclipse, Mathematica's front-end does not provide a ...
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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before the 'i' in With I ...
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How to work with characters from CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B correctly?

Background: Recently I'm trying to deal with some Chinese characters which belongs to the CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B block. The motive comes from some further interest following a former ...
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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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Automatic recovery after crash

I want Mathematica to periodically autosave my notebooks to the temp folder. And in case of front-end crash i want to see the dialog after restart with the following choices: recover from autosaved ...
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Front-end: How can one programmatically extract window titles?

I would like to programmatically get the titles that appear at the top of notebook windows, particularly for notebooks that have not yet been saved (if they have been saved, I can get the information ...
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Implementing efficient multiple undo

At the time this question was asked, version 10 was not out yet. The Front End of Mathematica 10 does have multiple undo, see the answer by John Fultz. The Mathematica Front End's built-in Undo ...
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How to write Mma notebook input that modifies itself?

Is there a straightforward way to reference and modify a cell from within itself? This is a little outside the ordinary use case and certainly not good practice, but I would like to execute an input ...
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Greek symbols are all bold in MM 10 over Linux [duplicate]

I upgraded recently to Mathematica 10, on a Linux system, and I'm quite annoyed to find that all the greek symbols automatically show up in bold: I suspect the issue is some missing font somewhere ...
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Is there a way to control V10's undo length?

This may be a duplicate (if so I will remove this), but I was having trouble finding the relevant bit of documentation to fix it. I noticed that my FrontEnd memory ...
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Is there a convenient way to copy/paste text-interspersed SE code snippets into Mathematica?

Is there a way to copy and paste code snippets from SE to Mathematica if these snippets are interspersed with text? Like e.g. in Morphing Graphics, color and location in both the question and answer, ...
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Bug in grouping after editing code?

While looking at A question about conditional replacement I think I discovered a bug in the Front End that affects both 7.0.1 and 10.0.1 under Windows. If I copy and paste this line into a new Cell ...