Questions related to the Mathematica front-end (graphical user interface).

learn more… | top users | synonyms

7
votes
2answers
528 views

Detecting double click events

Is there a way to detect double click events? I did not find anything on the doc page of EventHandler. Use case: I want to re-implement the ...
16
votes
3answers
1k views

WYSIWYG table creating and editing

In Microsoft Office OneNote 2010, creating and editing tables is easy. There are simple toolbar controls for creating tables: , and editing them once they exist: . My question is, what's an easy ...
34
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
14
votes
3answers
840 views

Take screenshot of the entire desktop using Mathematica

Is it possible to get a screenshot of the entire desktop directly in Mathematica? I am on Ubuntu running Mathematica 8. For some reason GUIScreenShot[] fails. But ...
13
votes
1answer
738 views

High Contrast Syntax-Highlighting

I have a neurological disorder which causes me to have migraines if I look at a white computer screen. To combat this, I have put the following at the top of all of my Mathematica notebooks: ...
13
votes
4answers
6k views

How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
9
votes
2answers
803 views

Developing domain specific languages and computational knowledge engines using Mathematica

In one of Leonid Shifrin's excellent summaries, he mentioned that MMA capabilities include developing Domain Specific Languages (DSL). I'd like to develop a Health care IT application that can ...
8
votes
1answer
225 views

How can I add arbitrary code into DefaultKeyTranslations.tr?

The solution to this question on how to get latex code for a text cell (which Mathematica doesn't do correctly) was formulated as a palette but I need it as a keyboard shortcut. How can I add an ...
19
votes
2answers
674 views

What is the FrontEnd?

Can anyone sort out what the Front-End is, how it is structured and what its relationship to the Kernel is. The FrontEnd is mentioned quite often but elusively avoids to be caught and clearly defined. ...
13
votes
5answers
338 views

Is it possible to cause a notebook to be hidden when pressing the close button?

Is it possible to cause a notebook to be hidden (Visible -> False) instead of closing it when pressing the close button in the title bar? The ...
11
votes
1answer
159 views

How can I make a stylesheet that counts subcells?

The example cells in the documentation each have count of the cells inside their section: ...
9
votes
1answer
942 views

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 ...
12
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
18
votes
1answer
298 views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
682 views

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 ...
15
votes
1answer
300 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
468 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
394 views

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?
10
votes
1answer
2k views

What is the full list of all font families?

I'm having trouble finding a complete list of the FontFamily strings that mathematica supports.
9
votes
5answers
601 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
345 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
100 views

How to sort cells?

Is there a way to programmatically reorder the section cells in a notebook alphabetically? For example:
7
votes
1answer
604 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
357 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
105 views

Strange caching of Palette's TaggingRules

Please follow those steps to get the idea about the problem: Let's create a palette: ...
7
votes
4answers
196 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
695 views

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: ...
5
votes
0answers
318 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
132 views

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 ...
20
votes
1answer
234 views

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 Ctrl+Shift+...
18
votes
2answers
347 views

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 language)....
17
votes
3answers
350 views

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 ...
15
votes
2answers
791 views

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 ...
15
votes
1answer
490 views

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, ...
15
votes
1answer
279 views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
224 views

What governs images resizing in the FrontEnd environment

What is responsible for the middle Row images' size? And why single image row is different? ...
12
votes
1answer
429 views

“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.
10
votes
2answers
260 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
333 views

MouseAppearance and cursor problems

I have to create a Graph object, which can be manipulated by the user, though I do not want to have the Graph-specific cursor (...
10
votes
2answers
219 views

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 FrontEnd...
9
votes
1answer
188 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
173 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
405 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
252 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
238 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
488 views

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: ...
6
votes
1answer
577 views

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 ...