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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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How to convert a notebook cell to a string retaining all formatting, colorization of identifiers etc?

I have an opened Mathematica notebook containing several cells. Suppose, I am interested in one of them -- it may contain a complete or incomplete expression (e.g. with syntax errors, highlighted ...
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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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Multiple windows in Mathematica help

I'm new in Mathematica, and would like to know how can I open multiple help windows at the same time. It's this possible? I'm using Mac OS. I know it works for link in the help page with right mouse ...
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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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Prevent text from wrapping in a notebook

By default in the Notebook interface the text wraps. Is it possible to prevent this wrapping?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Keep palette visible when Mathematica application loses focus

When the Mathematica application loses focus, palette windows disappear (normal notebooks and dialogs (CreateDialog) stay). This is usually convenient because the ...
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Refreshing the Palettes menu

How can the contents of the Palettes menu be refreshed (preferably programmatically) without restarting the Front End? When droppping a new palette notebook into ...
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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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Making large tables easy to read with frozen headings and scrollbars [duplicate]

I would like to represent a table containing a large amount of information in such a way that I can (a) use scrollbars and (b) have table headings that don't scroll off the screen [just like the Free ...
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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 ...
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Revert FullForm-ed text to prettyprinted

Sometimes strings in a notebook/package file end up garbled due to some unknown/unintentional conversion of the expression/cell/notebook. I could not find a way to revert such unreadable text to its ...
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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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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 ...
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Appearance in Checkbox does not work

I'm experiencing strange behavior in Checkbox with Appearance: ...
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Creating a TeXForm/TraditionalForm/etcForm - like function

How could we go about creating a function that behaves like those? After a while thinking, my best try is with CellPrint printing an ...
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Making flash cards with Mathematica

I've been trying to make flash cards to help me memorize some concepts in my technical classes this semester. Since Mathematica's (mathematical) type setting is so superb, I attempted to make flash ...
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How to grab output from evaluating input cells in a generated notebook

The notebook expression resulting from ... ...
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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 ...
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How to sort cells in a notebook based on cell tags?

Suppose I have a notebook with cells tagged with both numbers and words with numbers always list first, and some cells without cell tags e.g.: ...
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What are \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and \[InvisiblePostfixScriptBase]?

In the non-printing characters documentation, I see two named characters that are largely undocumented: \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and ...
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Creating and editing new stylesheets

I'm trying to create a stylesheet, but the process has become painful. I'm sure that this has to do something with resetting something in Mathematica everytime I make changes to the stylesheet. To ...
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Can I modify line-break behavior of inline cells?

When I insert an InlineCell into a TextCell that is too long for the whole InlineCell to fit ...
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How can we extend the predictive interface so it can suggest new operations?

Introduction Mathematica 9 has introduced a new predictive interface. For each output, it suggest possible actions the user might want to take. How can this interface be extended so that it will ...
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How can I export aligned equations to $\LaTeX$?

Using Palettes -> Writing Assistant -> Math Cells, you can enter aligned equations such as: ...
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Use 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 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 ...
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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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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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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 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: ...
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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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How to suppress automatically generated header in packages?

At the top of the .m file which is automatically generated from initialization cells in a notebook there appears a header: ...
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Unable to save changes in Option Inspector from one session to another for the Documentation Center

I wanted to change the global option "WindowsSize" to the "large" value using the Option Inspector. It works well for the current session. But then I realize the "Apply" button was greyed and not ...
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How to add rows to a Grid in front end?

I created a grid g1 with Grid[] and then a separate grid g2. ...