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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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Session logging of “\$Echo” and “\$Output” in Mathematica 10

I have difficulties with session logging and Mathematica 10. In previous versions, you could simply use AppendTo[$Echo, logfile] and ...
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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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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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Gnome wants to kill Mathematica 10 during selection

I am using Linux (CentOS, Gnome 3.8.4) and I suspect this is an OS dependent problem. When I input some text, and use mouse to select the text as follows: First press the mouse left button, keep ...
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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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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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Mathematica 10 Notebook Fonts Look Bad

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and persisting through 10.1.0 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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Bug report: Attempting to Save Selection As… in a magnified Notebook fails with errors [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.0.2 or later I have found that attempting to Save Selection As... in a magnified Notebook fails with errors. On my system it can be ...
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Can I save a manually cropped Image in Mathematica 10 without hard cropping?

In Mathematica 7 I was accustomed to a certain workflow: Paste an image into a Notebook Select Actual Size from the context menu, if necessary Ctrl-drag the control points on the sides of the frame ...
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How to restore the font size and other options to default Globally

I have messed up the font size globally. I was playing with SetOptions and I think I have accidentally changed the font setting of the FronEnd setting globally as can be seen here. I tried to ...
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Error when attempting to save Notebook. Cause and solution?

I am experiencing an error attempting to save a modified Notebook in Mathematica 10 under Windows. The error I get is: ...
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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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Format-Size-Larger/Smaller shortcut disabled in M10? [fixed in v.10.1]

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.0.1 and 10.0.2. Fixed in 10.1 It seems that the keyboard shortcuts for enlarging/reducing the font size (ALT+= / ALT+-) don't work ...
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Bug in handling backslashed Cyrillic symbols in v.10.0.0?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.1 UPDATE: Now both the inputs "\б" and "\\б" are interpreted as ...
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Mathematica 10 crashes on copy/paste

Mathematica 10 crashes in the following (simple) situation: FormulaLookup["gas"] This command will produce a long list of possible formulas. Then I type the ...
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How to add named characters to Mathematica 10?

It appears that native support for the Klingon alphabet has been removed from version 10: \[KlingonA] Syntax::tsntxi: "\"!(\[ KlingonA])\" is incomplete; ...
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Front End Find feature broken in Version 10 with OSX Mavericks?

I installed Mathematica 10 and on my Macbook-Pro with OSX Mavricks. I was most frustrated to find that the front-end Find feature doesn't work. Do others have this problem? Is it possible something ...
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Menu bars on Palette windows don't work properly — any workarounds?

After getting help from Rojo with Menu commands on Palettes and other windows without menu bars? I was able to create a Palette with a menu bar by: Selecting the Palette and opening the Option ...
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Mathematica 10 'Formatting Notebook Contents'

Mathematica 10 freezes while 'Formatting notebook contents'. This happens already during the startup of Mathematica and it takes a long time for Mathematica to recover. It can also happen when I am ...
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ExampleData menu view

I'm trying to build an ExampleData browser, so that the "collection"/"type" is selectable in a drop down menu, and the "name" is selectable in another drop down menu. What I have so far: ...
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Why does GridLines option fail with Function?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 The Plot option GridLines can be specified either as a list of explicit values ...
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Optimizing the front end on the Raspberry Pi

Using Mathematica's Front End on the Raspberry Pi is truly a test of one's patience. The most basic of notebooks become unresponsive after seemingly trivial additions to the notebook. Consider the ...
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Remove variable from autocomplete - version 10 issue?

I've got a program that's fairly long. Occasionally I ClearAll some lists that I created. That works fine, but those lists continue to show up in the autocomplete. Is there anyway to remove them ...
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How to get the new font in Mathematica 10?

Trying out Mathematica 10 and I still get the Courier font, not the new font shown in all of the examples on Wolfram's website. Anybody have any ideas how to get the new font working? Running on Mac ...
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How to make a function that can return the box with information?

In the version 10, a lot of functions returned a box with brief information which is very useful. For example: Interpolation[{1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 5}] So what's ...
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How to preserve In/Out tags like what they did in documentation files

Every evaluation generates a pair of In[n]/Out[n] signs tagged before actual input and output. Like the following: If I save the file, close it and re-open it, that In[n]/Out[n] signs will ...
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Parallel kernel and front end

I have a piece of code which looks like this: ParallelTable[ Monitor[ Table[ <code here> ,{i,i1,i2]; ,i]; ] so basically a ...
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How to force Manipulate to use preserve control settings over successive evaluations

I have this Manipulate: Manipulate[Plot[Sin[a x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}], {a, 0, 3}] Now, I realize I had mistyped the expression and it's actually ...
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How to highlight the whole selected cell

Is there any way to highlight the whole selected cell? some times if I want to delete a certain cell and if the code is long and cells are without output, it is hard to know which cell that you are ...
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Multiple Mathematica notebooks in a tabbed window with line numbers

I have the following questions: Is there a way to open multiple mathematica notebooks in tab group rather that each mathematica notebook opened in separate window? Is there a way to display line ...
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Help function ? sometimes doesn't show help

I was just wondering if this is a known bug. When I want to get basic help using the ? command before some function name, it typically works for a while, but I've ...
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Invisible characters being inserted into the output from FindMaximum

I have been using Mathematica for quite some time but I have never seen anything like this. It started without warning and I am not sure how to fix this. Please have a look at the following example ...
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How can preserve my manual edit of an expression when exporting to LaTeX?

Context I would like to use the Mathematica front end to pre-process expressions before exporting them to LateX, for the sake of readability. Example Say I have this expression ...
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Why do Tooltips slow down Dynamic so much? Is there a faster alternative?

I'm working on a Dynamic ListPlot with a few thousand plots, and it seems that wrapping the points with Tooltip slows the Dynamic responsiveness substantially. With the simple example below, dragging ...
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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 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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Create custom shortcut to change font color

Just wondering if I can create a custom shortcut key to change the font color of the notebook text. I've created a custom shortcut (in dkyeventtransactions.tr) to bring up the font color dialog, as ...
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DynamicModule inconsistent behavior; was: DynamicModule persistent UI changes

Update: I'll restate the question in hopefully more terse and clearer terms. To illustrate the issue, run this and save the resulting notebook: ...
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How can I timestamp a notebook?

Ok I must be missing something. I have a section with the "last updated date" in a text cell, I'd like it to autoupdate. Is there a "insert current date" command hidden away in some menu? Edit How ...
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$Failed below input area of new cell in notebook

The Mathematica 9 installation on my laptop has developed an odd feature. Just underneath the grey line indicating the input area for a new cell, the expression ...
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Same Mathematica 9.1 Student License on both Ubuntu and Windows 7 [closed]

Is it possible to install Mathematica 9.1 on both Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium on the same machine. I want to be able to use Mathematica on Ubuntu since I wrote some numerical codes ...
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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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Automatic replacing of [ with []

I tried to modify the KeyEventTranslations.tr file in order to always place a closed bracket instead of an open bracket once I press ...
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Running a shell script within Mathematica

The title pretty much explains it and I have not found something similar already posted. Perhaps I am not searching for the correct title or maybe this is something very basic, but I would appreciate ...
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Graphics in Notebook Different from Graphics Expression?

Consider the expression TreeForm[a+b^2+c^3+d] which displays as This is a nice Graphics object, as I can prove by typing ...
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How to restrict the mouse cursor to stay within a box?

I'm trying to use Mathematica to write small games, and I find that it would help to restrict the player's mouse into the game window (just like other games do). Is there any way to achieve this? ...
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How to evaluate Modules in a notebook from another notebook?

I would like to create a notebook populated with several modules and be able to evaluate these modules by running a separate notebook. I have attempted several uses of the ...
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Keyboard shortcut for moving to last edit location/cell

When you have long notebook with hundreds of cells, you sometimes need to scroll/jump manually to your last edited cell. I dind't find any shortcut for doing that. Any ideas?
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Auto-complete for user defined functions [duplicate]

If I define a symbol in Mathematica, it doesn't show up in the autocomplete list that works for symbols in System. Test code: ...