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Mathematica 10.1.0.0 (OS X) high CPU usage even for empty notebook

Bug fixed in 10.1.0 (see answer for details) Since update to 10.1.0.0 Mathematica has a high CPU usage even when no evaluation is running (even for empty notebook opened). I am running OS X ...
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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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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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Workflow in the Mathematica and Workbench IDE

After visiting one of the Wolfram presentations, I started writing code for my number theory research project in Mathematica because I found it to be faster than Sage. I downloaded Workbench and ...
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How best to embed various cell groups into a latex project?

I'm an author and a coder. I want to reference various parts of my notebooks in my latex project. I've tried doing the following, using a post on the latex side of this problem. I'd like to solve it ...
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Color degrades when using Copy As Bitmap

I have discovered a problem that affects my use of Mathematica. When I use the menu command Edit > Copy As > Bitmap the colors in the copy are subtly degraded. To make this more apparent I copied ...
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Non-english spell check dictionaries for Mathematica?

I've spent a fair amount of time bending Mathematica for taking notes and I've been very happy with it, the only missing piece it seems is a nice spell check dictionary for Polish (my mother ...
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Can the position of Tooltips be changed?

Is it possible to change the position of tool tips, which currently always appear to the lower right of the mouse position. In the screen grab below the mouse is over 10000000 and the tooltip appears ...
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How do I programmatically add to contextual menus?

To programmatically add to menus you can do as described here: How do I add to menus? What can I do to programmatically add to contextual menus? Is something similar to ...
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Blurred frontend text in Mathematica 10, Windows, High-DPI Display

So I have recently upgraded to a Windows ultrabook with a high resolution display. All my software seems to cope just fine with the high resolution, except for Mathematica 10. Mathematica seems to ...
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Is there a way to programmatically set global preferences?

Can I set global preferences that are accessible via "Edit"->"Preferences" programmatically from within a notebook? As learned from this question, turning off anti-aliasing can make a huge difference ...
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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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What is the full list of all font families?

I'm having trouble finding a complete list of the FontFamily strings that mathematica supports.
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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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How to create a screen shot of a notebook

I would like to use Mathematica programmatically to take snapshots or screenshots of any open notebook. For example, I would like to get from the notebook created with this command ...
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How to change the appearance of a Cell GroupOpener?

I would like to change the Cell GroupOpener appearance. In the present Mathematica design it is too small and can be missed by a reader unfamiliar with Mma. I know, how to change its color through ...
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Alternative Math Font

Are there other fonts that can be used for mathematical symbols? I have noticed, that choosing another font (via Stylesheet) does not change the math font (e.g. for greek symbols). Symbols will just ...
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How to select only NotebookObjects that are referring to ordinary notebooks? (not palettes etc.)

There is of course function Notebooks[] But, unfortunatelly it hasn't got useful options in this context. My question is how to pick ...
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How to get full-screen graphics canvas?

Is it possible to create a full-screen graphics without any front end elements like cell brackets and scrollbars? The zero approximation can be ...
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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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How can I convert a formatted text cell to latex code?

I have a formatted text cell, I want to export it as latex. How can I do that? Since copy as LaTeX doesn't work, I thought of pasting it into a string and exporting, but it's a no go: ...
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How can I copy & paste cell styles?

In Mac's mail app the key shortcut "command + option + c" gives a copy selected text style and "cmd + opt + v" pastes the style. Is there a way to achieve this with cell styles? The keyboard part is ...
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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 there a way to require confirmation for execution of certain cells?

Often I have Notebooks where I generate several images and export them into files. Now when I want to change one image, I'd like to just re-evaluate the complete notebook, however I generally do not ...
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What is Sub Mathematica?

When looking at the locally available licenses, I see four entries: "Mathematica", "MathKernel", "Sub Mathematica" and "Sub Mathkernel". Now "Mathematica", "MathKernel" and "Sub Mathkernel" are clear, ...
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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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Why is SparseArray and InterpolationFunction always grayed out?

In the front end of Mathematica version 10, a new feature was implemented which dims output cells that no longer correspond to its input cells. So when you type ...
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Are formal characters like \[FormalA] to be used differently than other symbols?

I noticed that Mathematica has a set of special 'Formal' characters such as \[FormalA], \[FormalB] , etc.. In the front end, it ...
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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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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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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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Evaluating a notebook programmatically with -ne

I am running Mathematica 10.2 on an Ubuntu workstation. I would like to be able to evaluate a notebook through the command line, and save its final state so that I can launch evaluation remotely ...
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Is there a way to have a Tooltip for non-editable raster graphics produced by MakeBoxes?

I have a function which produces a large object I would like to hide. Formatting is of course an option but I'm hoping for something a little more meaningful using raster graphics and ...
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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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Enhanced “Complete Selection” (dynamic autocomplete) for Text input?

The autocomplete ("Complete Selection") feature Ctrl-K (or F2 on Windows) works fine for functions and code input. Is there a way to enhance it for text input? Today’s standard (see e.g. OpenOffice ...
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How to sort cells?

Is there a way to programmatically reorder the section cells in a notebook alphabetically? For example:
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FontSubstitutions: how do they work?

I'm puzzled by FontSubstitutions. The help says this: FontSubstitutions is an option for Style and Cell that gives a list of substitutions to try for font ...
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How to add more levels to Outline notebooks

The Outline stylesheet only seems to cover 6 levels of depth. Is there any way to increase that? Here's an example. Hitting tab on the last level just indents its content, but doesn't add another ...
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Accessing data on local machine from remote kernel

I have a remote kernel on a server that I would like to use to process some data. The connection works, i.e, I'm able to use the local front end and the remote kernel. However, I cannot figure out how ...
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How to execute kernel command from Front End?

Documentation for Yuri E. Kandrashkin's OptionsExplorer package says to add the following menu commands in MenuSetup.tr: ...
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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (starting in 10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10 and still present in 10.3.1.0, OS X 10.11.2) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before ...
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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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Dynamically link cell content in Mathematica?

Is it possible to dynamically link the content of two cells? For example, can I set up a Notebook with two text cells that display the same value, and if the user types in one the other updates, etc.? ...
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Frontend: Adding cell-type choices to the “Choose how to enter input” drop-down [duplicate]

In most of the notebooks I work in, I find myself using 2 or three cell-types almost exclusively (typically regular input, and some subset of section/subsection/chapter). A minor annoyance I run into ...
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How to programmatically remove menu items

I would like to do the opposite of what is described here. So rather than add a menu item I would like to programmatically remove one (or more). So given a knowledge of the structure of the menu *.tr ...
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How to collect expressions from cells created by Print?

I have a notebook where evaluation of a certain cell produced hundreds of adjacent output cells using Print. I need to create a list containing all expressions from ...
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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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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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Creating custom notation

How does one generate custom symbols? For example, the physicist notation for the rotation is "nabla cross function". In this case however, Mathematica complains that the ...
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in v9, backspace causes cell to become section style

In the front end of v9, in any given cell that contains content, if I hit backspace to clear the content until there is nothing left, and then hit backspace one more time, the cell becomes a ...