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How can I get the style of selected cells?

How can I get the style such as Input, Text, Code, etc., of a selected cell? If a group of cells is selected, how can I get styles of all the cells in the group?
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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my theretical 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 ...
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Prevent front-end from reformatting long fractions while editing

I am editing an expression containing wide fractions (typeset with fraction boxes): But if, while editing the equation, the fraction exceeds some threshold (seems to be approximately the window ...
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Can individual locators in LocatorPane be temporarily disabled?

This follows up on another question about the sensitivity of Locators in a a LocatorPane. I would like to be able to enable/disable individual locators in a LocatorPane. In the simplified version of ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to have any affect on the number of times a Message is repeated ...
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How to keep $FrontEnd options from resetting?

I'm trying to get Mathematica to look in a different, version-tracked folder for the 'TextResources' files that it uses to build the Front End. I've prepended my version-tracked folder path to the ...
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How to define a button inside Manipulate that tells Mathematica to re-evaluate the whole Manipulate code?

I have written a Manipulate code carrying out some very complicated tasks. There is no problem for the first run, but if I click the reset button to reset all ...
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Is it possible to define more than 9 shortcuts for notebook cell styles?

You can define shortcuts for notebook cell styles in the stylesheet editor, by adding MenuCommandKey->"7", etc. to the style definition. That is, you can define ...
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Why is SystemDialogInput failing to return a save file path?

I am encountering a problem using SystemDialogInput within a Button. The code below shows what I am doing. To test this create a ...
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CellEvaluationFunction or $PreRead stripping inline cells from text cells

I want to create a textual style that has some CellEvaluationFunction that processes the contents of the cell a certain way. Particularly, it has to do something ...
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Forcing Mathematica to recognize a symbol without defining it

In the Mathematica front-end, symbols that have been defined are colored black and symbols with no definition associated are colored blue. This is useful to prevent spelling mistakes. Also, defined ...
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Evaluate open cell segments in a notebook

The Evaluate > EvaluateNotebook evaluates the whole notebook. Is it possible to somehow evaluate ONLY the open sections of a notebook?
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How to make “Text” Cell which does not auto-format in TraditionalForm in-line math expressions?

This is a continuation of the previous post: How to enter textual subscripts and superscripts?. When dealing with complex in-line math expressions inside a "Text" ...
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Searching Notebooks for String Patterns using Workbench v2

The Workbench webpage describing new features in version 2 lists the ability to "Search notebook documents with the Mathematica pattern search utility" under the heading Mathematica Front End ...
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Front-end glitch when interacting with dynamic content

This is now bugging me too much to ignore it anymore. When I interact with a notebook that has dynamic content, for example moving a slider, Mathematica regularly brings other open notebook windows to ...
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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 can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?

How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?
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Is it possible to enclose code into collapsible/expandable regions? [duplicate]

In some programming languages (e.g. C#, Visual Basic) there are language constructs that have no effect on the execution of code whatsoever, but exist solely to allow grouping fragments of code into ...
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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 to change Mathematica cursor globally? [duplicate]

I usually use my OS with negative colors (to keep my eyes calm...). I had seen a function called MouseAppearence that changes the cursor. I would like configure ...
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Render dynamic Graphics objects static

As was discussed in the comments of another question (MathLink Graphical Output (Plots) to File), Graphcis objects produced by commands such as ...
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Delay of events detection dependent of “MouseDown” position

Let's say we have a Rectangle with color which depends of CurrentValue["MouseOver"]: ...
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How to preserve focus on InputField after Print?

If you press Enter in the example below it should become clear that test is being adding to the textbox instead of the current ...
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How to get an adaptive frame which fits auto-wrapped text? [duplicate]

When using the built-in Debugger, the breakpoints and the current step will be framed looks like this: My favorite part is, those frames are adaptive to the text when window width changing makes it ...
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Syntax highlighter shows error for Manipulate when it's inside a Block or a Module

I'm putting my new copy of Mathematica 10 through its paces and I noticed a weird change in the colouring scheme that I find very annoying, and I'd like to get some insight into why it's happening. ...
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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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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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Notebook's WindowSize interference with contents' Dynamic ImageSizes

Bug reproduced in: Win7: V9.0.1, V10.0.2, V10.1.0 ...
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How to Enable Syntax Coloring of Pattern Match Variable Only (i.e. Without Coloring any Associated Pattern)?

Syntax coloring for the following function definition foo[x_List] := ... will color green (and italicize by default) the argument name ...
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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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Using a Slider2D to add data points to a list

This bit of code sets up a list with the first entry already in it -- {{1,1}}: ...
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Making cells group

After reading rcollyer's post I'm still not able to understand how grouping rules work. Here is a problem I'm facing. What I want is to create a new title, section and subsection styles. I want the ...
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undisputed FrontEndTokenExecute

Thanks to this great topic, I've found the FrontEndToken that I was looking for: "DeleteGeneratedCells" (well, it is also ...
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How to set MouseAppearance to void?

I need to get an output graphics which does not show mouse cursor over itself. I didn't find a corresponding value in MouseAppearance documentation and ended up ...
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some Graphics output do not fully render on the screen until an extra click is made into the notebook

Sometimes when using a command such as Grid and looking at the output, some of the actual lines (frame, gridlines) that make up the display will be missing on the ...
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Why isn't autosave enabled by default?

While I've come across several ways to implement/enable autosave (see: Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?, Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end ...
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Character display color

I'm looking to cause the front end to display individual characters in a specific color, just in general, as a default sort of thing. For instance, the character "1" would always display as a red 1, ...
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What is the syntax for selecting multiple layers in an Overlay?

From the documentation: Overlay[{Subscript[expr, 1],Subscript[expr, 2],...},{i,j,...},s] allows selections to be made and controls to be clicked in Subscript[expr, s]. and an example of ...
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Why do PopupMenus render inconsistently on Macs?

This has been bugging me for years but because it doesn't effect performance I've never got around to asking. The problem below occurs for me in V8, 9, 10 with OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10. I've tested ...
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Frontend coloring of Table[x, {x, 0, x}]

I have a small question about how the Mathematica frontend colours in the variables that appear in (wrongly written) iterators. More specifically, I'm intrigued by the colour of the third ...
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How to insert a link to a generic file, in the middle of a text style cell/paragraph?

It is easy to insert a Hyperlink to a notebook file, or to an internet address, in the middle of a text style cell (Ctrl+Shift+H or menu: Insert->hyperlink). Trying to create a hyperlink to a file ...
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Opening a notebook from command line in an existing front end instance

I am using Linux, and I would like to be able to programmatically open notebooks in a running Mathematica instance from the command line. Currently, doing something like ...
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Having variables appear aqua in user defined function [duplicate]

In many of the inbuilt mathematica function, variables appear aqua like in: However, when creating your own function, variables no longer have that green coloring and are instead colored like an ...
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Resizing palettes

My eyes are weary and my sight grows dim, so I used the zoom control bottom-right in the palette. Unfortunately, having zoomed in the palette window cannot be resized - so I can't see the rhs - and ...
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Remove braces, {}, from around DynamicModule output?

Is there a way to remove the braces from the front end output associated with DynamicModule? For instance: ...
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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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Change “Format type of new input cells” to InputForm

In Preferences -> Evaluation there is a menu to change "Format type of new input cells" and the only options available are: StandardForm, TraditionalForm, and Raw InputForm. Is it possible to set ...
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Borked Find Window in OS X

I've been having this happen to me on a daily basis with the Find & Replace window on OS X: No text can be typed into the red regions, so all find & replace functionality is gone when this ...
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Setting individual CellContext for each notebook loses autocomplete suggestions

I'm running Mathematica 9.0.1 under OS X. In order to have separate contexts for each of my notebooks, I used the instructions in the last part of the accepted answer from the following link: Is ...
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StringJoin/FileNameJoin doesn't quite work in script

My mathematica script is as follows: ...