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How to increase the font size used in Mathematica menus

The text used in the Front End menus is too small on my Linux computer. I want to increase its size. How can I do it? I have Mathematica 10.
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How to make Mathematica use system GTK style under Linux?

Under Linux, Mathematica uses preinstalled QT themes, but I'm sure that it's possible to make it use system GTK style. How?
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FontFamily option in Style being ignored

Style[\[WhiteKnight], FontFamily -> "Segoe UI Symbol"] The output I'm getting looks like it is in the Mathematica.ttf font, not the designated Segoe UI Symbol ...
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How to “fake” a front-end object when running a Mathematica script? [duplicate]

I'm running a Mathematica script (content of which cannot be disclosed here) and some part of it requires "front-end"? Since it's running in a script, there is not one and it gave the following error: ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for Centered Math Cell?

I've been typesetting in mathematica and would like to know if it is possible to use a keyboard shortcut to place a centered math cell or equation symbol aligned math cell in my document without ...
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Strange behavior of autocomplete for ColorData [closed]

I'm seeing very weird behavior when autocompleting: Not sure if this is a bug. Is it? (I have OSX v10.2)
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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my work is a need to import some experimental data to work with. This means that my notebook depends on some external files which makes it difficult to share it with others and ...
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Option Inspector, cannot expand navigation pane

The navigation pane in the Option Inspector is too small and I can find no way to make it larger: Is there any way to enlarge it?
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Undo conversion to template notebook [duplicate]

I accidentally converted a notebook to a template notebook by activating the templating toolbar. After this the toolbar always appeared at the top of the notebook. Is there any way to undo this ...
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How to copy code out of notebook to an external text editor without extra line feeds being added?

I am simply trying to copy code from a cell (input cell) in a notebook, to paste the code into a plain text editor, and not have some lines wrap in the middle. I need to copy the code, as is, to a ...
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Best practices, tools, and snippets for manipulating notebooks, cells, packages, and help access? [duplicate]

Where is the best place to find/submit lists of Wolfram Language/Mathematica best practices, idioms, and patterns, perhaps grouped by topics? I'm personally interested in those that involve using ...
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Paste & set color with a single button (for palettes)

I need to use some colors frequently so I decided to make a palette for this. This is an example palette button that inserts a color: ...
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How to disable user-interaction with Notebook during manipulating it from the Kernel?

When manipulating a Notebook from the Kernel using such functions as NotebookLocate, SelectionMove, ...
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“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.
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How to create a new window with manipulate? [duplicate]

How can I create a new window with a Manipulate expression? Currently I'm using: ...
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how to efficiently jump between sections in a notebook?

I have functions defined in some section of the notebook and some cells where I use these functions maaaaany pages below in the same notebook. If I want to go and change the definition of the function ...
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Double Click Selection IntelliJ Idea

How do I support double click selection in IntelliJ Idea? I'm referring to halirutan's plugin.
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Switch actions of Shift+Enter and Enter in notebook interface?

How can I switch the functionality of the Enter and Shift+Enter key combinations in Windows? I find Matlab's interface more intuitive sometimes. By default in Mathematica's front-end, the "Shift+...
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What is the complete sequence of evaluations/transformations from submitting a cell to actual evaluation?

This question is inspired by that one. Reading it, I noticed that while (I think) I know what happens when entering an expression directly to the kernel (i.e. after typing ...
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Is “MaxMessageCount” broken or is its function counter-intuitive?

Behavior remains unchanged through Mathematica version 10.1.0 As noted by kguler the Front End option: MessageOptions -> "MaxMessageCount" does not appear to ...
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Mathematica not responding to clean start-up

I am currently running Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) and my copy of Mathematica suddenly started misbehaving. I am not sure what I did to invoke this. The splash screen when Mathematica is launched kept ...
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Why can't I abort main evaluation from ScheduledTasks (Service Link)?

FrontEndExecute[FrontEndToken["EvaluatorAbort"]] is equivalent of the menu item: Evaluation >> Abort. It works with ...
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Mathematica doesn't start anymore [duplicate]

the title already indicates my problem. I'm using mathematica on a mac (v.10). For a few days I can't start mathematica anymore. When I start it, it crashes immediately. I don't even get to the front ...
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Make Rasterize/Export use Notebook-specific options?

Sometimes I need Notebook-specific options such as Background color or FontProperties -> "ScreenResolution". (Ref: How to ...
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Mathematica stalling when attempting to “convert unit”

Twice now I have attempted to use the "convert unit" command on the bar below an output and it has caused the program to freeze, and not respond unless using the fix for the frozen kernal when opening ...
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Undo (CTRL Z as well as under edit) bug after pressing control shift [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 10.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 As some of you might know, if you press control + shift on windows, you change your keyboard layout. For example, : becomes ±. This happens sometimes in ...
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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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Initializing Kernels Problem [duplicate]

I have windows 8 and currently cannot open Mathematica 10. I was able to open it yesterday but am now stuck at the "Initializing Kernels" part and it just freezes. What exact steps do I need to follow ...
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What is a full list of cell styling options and sub-options?

I'm trying to customize a style sheet and have hit a few speed bumps and walls. Firstly, I can't see how to do a few specific things, like to set the color of the cell's left side label: Or how to ...
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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 to load a file in a directory inside the current working directory

How can I use something like that NotebookEvaluate[ "Mathematica\\SomeFile.nb"]; Instead of ...
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How to make a cell highlight on mouse down?

When a cell has WholeCellGroupOpener set to True, it becomes a clickable button that toggles its cell group open and closed. How can I make the cell change color ...
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How to close all tagged input cells without closing their output cells?

I have tagged certain Input cells I want to be closed during a presentation. I close them as follows: ...
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How to stop auto loading of previously opened notebooks [closed]

I'm trying to prevent Mathematica from opening previously opened notebooks when I start it up. I'm using version 10.0.0.0 on Mac OS X Yosemite. I've dug around in the preferences, and have tried ...
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Programatically align text in the Front End

One can select a cell and using the Front End menu perform Format -> Text Alignment -> Align at 25% Other options are given as well. I have learned from Stack Exchange how to create a button and ...
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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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Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end hanging

I guess my programming working style is not unique. I develop programs one cell at a time, and when I have some confidence about what I did, I put all my mess together refining the code, building up ...
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How to programatically remove an option for all cells?

I'm trying to remove the CellGroupingRules options in every cell in a notebook. Eventually I opened the Notebook in a text ...
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Select Cells to End of Notebook

I'd like to create a keyboard shortcut that will allow me to select all of the cells from the current cell until the end of the notebook, similar to how ShiftCtrlEnd functions when editing text in ...
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Fraction shortcut not working, giving strange spacing character on german keyboard

So usually when you want to enter a fraction in Mathematica, you can do so by pressing "Ctrl+/". If you are on laptop with a german keyboard however, you will have to press "Ctrl+Shift+/" since you ...
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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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How to get highlighted text from event

I want to do the following: Given a text in a Mathematica dynamic module "at runtime". If some text is selected with the cursor/mouse, after the mouse button release, get the selected text. Thank ...
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Why are all the lines commented when I create a Mathematica script?

When I created a Mathematica script, I found that all my lines were commented out (when opened with vi or gedit or any other ...
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Table of sections with CellPrint

I am trying to produce a table of sections with each section containing a DynamicModule. My two questions are: (1) How do I produce grouped sections that are folded ...
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Frontend of 10.2 Really Slow / Dropping Input

I just updated from 10.0.1 to 10.2 in the hopes that it would fix an infuriating intermittent crashing issue and the frontend seems top be way slower and sometimes freezes for about a second dropping ...
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Preventing a Print expression from generating a new cell each time it executed [duplicate]

In reference to the following code: Button["Start", Print[Plot[x^3, {x, -1, 1}]]] When I click on the button the first time, I get a plot of $y = x^3$, perfect. ...
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Suggestion Bar Gone in Mathematica 9

I have been using Mathematica (version 9) for some time without any problems. Suddenly today I noticed the suggestion bar is no longer visible, and it's a feature that I use a lot. I checked the ...
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Front end responds slowly when writing

I have Mathematica 10.1 running on a Windows 7 laptop (i7 processor, 64-bit system with 4 GB Ram). The issue is that when I type in commands the letters build up very slowly on the screen. E.g. when I ...
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Change the background color of matched strings when doing find-and-replace

This is not a fundamental question, but it puzzles me. In doing a Find & Replace for some string in a notebook, the matched string is highlighted temporarily with some background color (green for ...
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How to increase font size in front-end UI Menus [closed]

Is it possible to increase the font size in the notebook GUI's menus, messages window, help windows, etc?