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How do I view initialization (or other invisible) cells in a notebook?

I am looking at someone else's notebook, and when I go to evaluate it, it asks whether I want to evaluate the initialization cells. I would like to look at them first, but "I do not see them here nor ...
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How can I style a cell frame with rounded corners?

I'd like use rounded rectangles for my cell style, but I'm not sure if this is possible. Perhaps it can be faked with an image as a background for it?
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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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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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Difference in integral character heights

Above is an example of what happens. It seems that the first integral is longer than the second because the y-character is longer than the x-character as this doesn't happen with other ...
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Make the selection become the button you click

Let's assume I want a button that, when you click it, get the cell that contains it selected. This approach won't work, it selects the cell containg the selection previous to the click. ...
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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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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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No Syntax Highlighting of Package Functions

Lately, my installation of Mathematica has decided not to highlight any symbols loaded from packages. The picture below is a good representation of this: where after loading both ...
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Opening new notebooks with a non-default window size

I'd like to set Mathematica (8.0.4.0) up so it opens new notebooks with the "NaturalColor" stylesheet and with a window size like {800,770}. I tried to change ...
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Drag & drop path info into front end?

On OSX at least, it's possible to quickly retrieve a folder/file path by dragging & dropping the folder/file into the terminal, eg: Is it possible to program Mathematica's front end enable ...
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How make AddMenuCommands work in an init.m

I want to add some items to the Mathematica 8.0.4 Help menu (under Mac OS X). In [$UserBaseDirectory]/Autoload/FrontEnd/init.m I have the following cell: ...
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After modifying expression, new result doesn't replace old one

After I modify and re-evaluate an expression, the new result doesn't replace the old one. Rather, what happens is that the old result gets pushed down and Mathematica displays the current result at ...
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How can I add a background to a stylesheet?

In version 9 we can set the background to an image, however I'd like to save this into a stylesheet that can be installed.
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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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How to suppress undesirable kerning rules in math inline cells?

Update: (11/29/2012) Looks like Mathematica 9 has the same behavior. The following graphic shows how Mathematica kerns italic characters in an inline math formula cell (first row) where an ...
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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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Setting up tunnel to access compute nodes behind private LAN via front-end

Context I find the front end on macos way more convenient and I would like to keep my notebooks on my macbook. On the other hand, I have access faster multi-core linux machines behind a LAN. Hence I ...
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FindSelectedFunction for packages - how to make it work?

The Mathematica help menu contains an entry Find Selected Function (Cmd+Shift+F on OSX). If you are working with say Transpose and want to look up its reference ...
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Shortcut to insert CounterBox

Is there a shortcut to inserting a CounterBox as you type in text mode? I haven't yet made extensive use of them but I can foresee them in my near future and the ...
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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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Front end typing lag

Under Windows 7 I frequently get serious keyboard lag. My home machine (Windows XP) NEVER lags. I was able to improve things somewhat by running Mathematica as Administrator, but this only went so ...
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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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How to introduce custom hot keys for the styles of cells?

In the JournalArticle StyleSheet there are useful hot keys Alt+6 for a DisplayFormulaNumbered and Alt+5 for the DisplayFormula. Such hot keys, however, are not present in the Default StyleSheet. Even ...
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Save notebook without including Front End version information

How can a notebook be saved without including the front end version? If you open a .nb file, you'll see something like ...
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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 assemble and disassemble a function into steps

I've watched many programmers (both novice and expert) write functions in Mathematica and have observed a common behavioral pattern. This pattern has many elements that would be automated and thus ...
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Pasting TemplateBox with a Dynamic argument

Ok, this is pretty specific... The objective is to use a TemplateBox to format something that is programatically inserted with ...
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What is stored in FrontEnd memory?

I quit the kernel, and closed all notebooks, leaving only the startup window. Yet when I open a new notebook, MemoryInUse[$FrontEnd] reveals that the FrontEnd still ...
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Help bogged down at first query [duplicate]

When I open help at the first time in a mathematica session and I submit a query it always get bogged down for many seconds until a message appears as in the picture. Then I select continue waiting, I ...
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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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How to enter textual subscripts and superscripts?

When I add a sub- or superscript to a letter in a "Text" cell using the "Writing Assistant" palette this letter becomes Italic: ...
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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 ...
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Close programmatically all cell groups in Mathematica?

Is it possible to collapse all cell groups in the current notebook? I tried ...
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How do I prevent auto loading of blank notebook at startup?

I'm using Mathematica 8 with operating system Mac OS X Lion. When I open Mathematica it always loads a blank notebook. I don't want it to load anything by default. In the Preferences pane there ...
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automatic coloring of function names

Usually, when I define a function and then use it later, the function name is colored in black. But every once in a while, the function color is blue, both in its definition and when I use it later. ...
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How to get rid of Panel margins?

I have a feeling that there is something wrong in general with Mathematica's way of dealing with margins and spaces among/around objects in Graphics, ...
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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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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 ...
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Auto highlighting input cells depending on input expression (eg its Head)

Is it possible to programmatically highlight (eg, by change background color) an input cell conditional on the input expression's Head (or other attributes) upon evaluation? For example, would like ...
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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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How to create a dynamic expanding DisplayForm's styled like the ones in v10?

The display forms for objects like ClassifierFunction are nice clickable boxes I like this, and now I'm trying to create my a custom version of this for my ...
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Adapting “Find and Replace” functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills in ...
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How to zoom and pan a ListLinePlot?

I'm using ListLinePlot inside a Manipulate function to display some data. I've seen that Mathematica allows zooming and panning ...
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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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Using mouse back/forward buttons in Mathematica's help system

I have a generic mouse with back/forward buttons. Those buttons are recognized by the system - I can use xev to see that they generate events for buttons number 8 ...
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Inlining calculations in a notebook

Context In $\LaTeX$, I can write something like: Thus, we have $x = \sqrt{2}$, ... the $ ... $, as opposed to $$ ... $$, inline the LaTeX symbols. Now, with ...
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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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Understanding FullForm in front end

I want to understand the following effect better (In Mathematica 9) .. Or, maybe, is it a bug? Running the following line FullForm[Subscript[α,β_]] gives as ...
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Using NotebookDirectory in batch-mode

I am running Mathematica via the terminal (Linux) and my .m-script contains the command: ...