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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 FrontEnd...
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How to prevent the welcome screen from showing up after I close my last notebook? (Ubuntu 11.10, MMA 8.0.4.0)

I would like to prevent the welcome screen from showing up after I close my last notebook. This is not an issue on my Windows machine, so I suspect it is system dependent. I am running Ubuntu 11.10. ...
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Front end freezes on start-up

Update 2015 September 4: An incorrect paclet update was pushed recently that caused Mathematica to not hang on startup with "Initializing kernels". The problem and solution are described here: ...
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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 ...
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Text in columns

So far I've only seen the front end work in a one-cell-below-the-other manner, so I am probably not expecting much of this question, but here it goes. Is there any way to create a document with text ...
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Can anyone explain this strange behavior of InputForm?

In Mathematica 9.0.0, when to display the input form of two numbers, I come across maybe a puny problem. In order to focus on the problem, I will put up a simplified version. ...
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Move the cursor in a notebook using the keyboard

How can I move through a notebook using only the keyboard? If one tries to use the arrow keys, the cursor tends to get "trapped" in comments and error messages.
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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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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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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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Restrict Sensitivity of Locators in LocatorPane

We can restrict the movement of locators in a LocatorPane as follows: In the following example, the first locator's movement is confined to the x-axis and the ...
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List of Recently Opened Files

If I go to the menu bar and press File I get a list of recently opened files.This would be useful except they are edited and mostly replaced by dots thus making choosing difficult. See the screen shot ...
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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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How do I change the pressed button appearance?

On my system when a default button is pressed it turns light blue. This appearance can be changed using this code from the documentation: Use a second element to get the appearance of a pressed ...
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How to customize the MathematicaClosingDialog.nb?

With Mathematica 10 came the closing dialog notebook, which probably most of you deactivated. (You can bring it back by dechecking "Always exit after closing last window" in Edit->Preferences->...
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Poor anti-aliasing in Rotated text with ClearType on

There is a problem on my system that occurs when text is rotated 90 degrees as it is in frame labels. This only happens when ClearType is turned on, and only around 90 degrees of rotation. I am ...
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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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Preserving indentation when creating a new line (when editing in a package)

Background: This is the third question in a row of questions about how to make editing packages in the front-end much more bearable (the other two are here and here). It seems that the front end is ...
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Default position and size of front-end windows (in Windows 7)

I'm running Mathematica 8 on Windows 7. When I start the Mathematica front end, I would like the menu bar and the blank notebook that opens to appear at a different position and with a different size ...
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SubTitle and SubSubTitle do not group by default

For some reason, the SubTitle and SubSubTitle cell formats do not group automatically on my machine any more, and I cannot ...
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Mouse gestures or keyboard shortcuts for navigating forward/backward in the documentation center

Is there any way to get gestures (e.g. trackpad- or Magic-Mouse-swiping left/right) to work for navigating forward and backward in the Mathematica help browser, particularly on a Mac? If not, what are ...
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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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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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How does AutoStyleWords work?

The title says it all. I assume it provides some way of automatically applying a certain style, or a list of options, to certain words written, just like other options of the sort like AutoItalicWords....
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How can I change the style of every newly opened notebook?

I'd like to make Mathematica open a new notebook using the Natural Color template (under the Creative category) by default. Is that possible? If so, how?
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Use EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me only after long evaluation

Is it possible to use the option EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me (e.g. with a Beep[]) when an evaluation that took ...
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How to force neat linewrapping in Print?

I am regularly annoyed by the fact, that a neatly arranged Print statement gets ruined by a large piece of data, which - instead of linewrapping "in place" - is ...
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Notebook's WindowSize interference with contents' Dynamic ImageSizes

Bug introduced in 8 or earlier and persists through 10.4.0 or later Consider the following MWE: ...
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Notebook with a WindowOpacity too small becomes “click-through” for mouse

I created a notebook and was manipulating its WindowOpacity option: ...
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Accessing the Options of the parent Cell

From within the Kernel, it is possible to access a Cell's options using CurrentValue. For instance, in a ...
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How to Copy formatted code without backslashes added?

By default code copied from the FrontEnd is formatted with backslashes added at the ends of lines. For example, evaluating in a Notebook Range[40] and copying ...
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How to copy hyperlink addresses using the keyboard

I would like to copy the address of a hyperlink in Mathematica using the keyboard. I found code for copying hyperlink addresses in ContextMenus.tr: ...
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Issue with undo after copying a string inside a string

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.4.1 or later Here's a small but annoying issue related to undo and copying of strings. Steps required to get the problem: Type ...
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Autocomplete is too greedy with the mouse

I have a frustrating user experience problem in Linux; a common occurrence when using the notebook might go like: I have, for some reason, used the mouse (e.g. to place the cursor) and then move the ...
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After editing a file Mathematica 10 interprets […]^2 as […(])^2

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.2 or later This is a very weird bug and I don't really know how to reproduce it, so I'll just copy-paste the whole code ...
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Autocomplete of non-global functions

In Mathematica 9 and 10 they added autocompletion. Out of the box this works great, but when I set the CellContext to "Notebook" ...
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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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What is this character: [esc][comma][esc]?

What is the character obtained with they key sequence Esc,Esc called? On my front end it is not displayed, but there's something there messing up my input. It's a bit annoying when I'm after a $\mu$ ...
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How can I make Which format its output?

Functions like Piecewise have cool, easy-to-read formatting. In the same vein, I think it would be wonderful if the Which ...
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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 ...
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How to access “Choose Color Scheme” Programmatically

I am designing an App and I want to use the "Choose Color Scheme" tools inside Button. I am looking to have this tool in popup window when the Button is clicked but I can't find the command to get ...
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How do I turn off the little display icons for `SparseArray`, `InterpolatingFunction` and so on? [duplicate]

As noted elsewhere, in Mathematica 10.x, many functions that return "opaque" objects display them as cute little icons: ...
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What is FrontEnd`AttachedCell?

Perhaps it's not accessible from the front end, but what is this so-called attached cell? ...
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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 catch the “Preemptive” evaluations from within the main loop?

When trying to make an optimized version of my plotRange fonction I faced a problem of catching the "Preemptive" evaluations ...
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Listing all celltags in a notebook

Is there a command to obtain all the CellTags and the style of the cell they are in? This question is derived from this question which was answered by jVincent. ...
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What is the simplest way to set the toolbar of a notebook to an image?

For custom stylesheets, it's nice to have a graphic banner in the Docked Cell. According to the doc page tutorial/IntroductionToToolbars, this is how you do it, but it seem a bit overkill: ...
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Keeping Quotation Marks in Output

I am running into the following seemingly simple problem. I have this code: testphrase="i love you"; input=ToLowerCase[StringSplit[testphrase, Whitespace]] It ...
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Is it possible to make v9 ignore case when completing names?

In v8, I could type, say, fulls or texf to get FullSimplify or ...
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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 'section'....