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Accessing data on local machine from remote kernel

I have a remote kernel on a server that I would like to use to process some data. The connection works, i.e, I'm able to use the local front end and the remote kernel. However, I cannot figure out how ...
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Are later versions of the Front-End compatible with older Kernels?

At my graduate school, all of the clusters still use version-6, and I only have version-7 and version-8 installed on my computer. I would like to use those machines remotely. Are either of the ...
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How to specify default style in Mathematica 9

In Mathematica 8, I can use GraphicsBoxOptions->{DefaultBaseStyle->{"Graphics", FontFamily -> "Helvetica", FontSize -> 14}} to specify the default font ...
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Mathematica 8 and window names for modified files

I do not know if this is particular to Mac OS, but with version 8, the window name of a notebook no longer changes (with an appended *) when it is modified, as it used to do with version 7 (as well as ...
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How to automate generation of image files?

I need to generate a large number of figures as PNG files, and I'm trying to decide whether Mathematica would be the quickest way to do this. All the figures have the same basic structure, and I'm ...
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Problems with images caused by which stylesheet is used

Update This looks now like it was a bug in Mathematica version 8, because everything works as expected - at least for this minimal example - in version 9. (As an aside, I couldn't seem to find ...
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How to improve these WASD + mouse look 3D controls?

Insipred by this question and the corresponding answer I've written a code for full-screen exploration of 3D scenes using standard WASD and mouse look controls. Here it is. ...
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Invisible \[Conjugate] glyph in the linux frontend

I have a very annoying problem. The Conjugate glyph (*) does not show when I type. That is, if I type \[Conjugate] or ⋮co⋮ then ...
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Do you really want to quit the kernel? Yes!

When I have entered some bad code and hit shift+enter before thinking about the perils of finite RAM my computer obviously starts suffering. I have found two options that usually lets me recover ...
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3D plots wrongly displayed when using GraphicsRow in Linux

I get an incorrect vertical offset in 3D plots when using GraphicsRow in Mathematica 9 (Linux - Ubuntu 12.04). When displayed by itself, the plot is fine. Here's an example: ...
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Why does Dynamic output cause CPU usage when onscreen?

I write such a line in Mathematica: {Slider[Dynamic[s]], Dynamic[f[x_] := s*x]} After evaluation, the CPU immediately runs at full power. And if you scroll the ...
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Dynamically link cell content in Mathematica?

Is it possible to dynamically link the content of two cells? For example, can I set up a Notebook with two text cells that display the same value, and if the user types in one the other updates, etc.? ...
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Export notebook file without launching front-end

I am using a Mathematica script to programmatically generate a Mathematica notebook. The script generates a Notebook expression and then uses ...
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How do I remove an entry from the Format > Stylesheet menu?

I was playing a bit with the stylesheets to make my own. In the process I have created and installed a few stylesheets but now I would like to remove some of them. First, how do I remove an entry ...
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How can selection of delimiter matches be disabled?

I often preemptively match delimiters. As a simple example, I'll type Import[], then left arrow, then "filename". The problem ...
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How to edit a HYPERLINK once created inside a notebook?

When a hyperlink is created in a notebook, there does not seem to be an easy way to actually edit the hyperlink (maybe to correct the URL). To make some text HYPERLINK, one selects the text using the ...
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How to create an executable notebook in Mac OS X

All, I am looking for help to create a notebook to be executed via terminal in MAC OSX. The notebook uses the front end. This is what I have so far ...
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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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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 can I overload autocompletion to work with full contexts?

I would like for the autocomplete feature to search through contexts, for example if I have a symbol named A`B`C`MyFunction, when I type A` and press "cmd + shift + k" it will complete it. Edit To ...
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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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Special Mathematica Cell to work with R code

I have enjoyed working with R inside Mathematica. But it would be nice If I could have a special R cell. For example, instead of typing ...
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Auto-completion doesn't work as my expectation in version 9.0

When I input the following line in version 8, and press Ctrl+K after Re, I can get a drop-down auto-completion list including ...
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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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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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How to insert a link to a generic file, in the middle of a text style cell/paragraph?

It is easy to insert a Hyperlink to a notebook file, or to an internet address, in the middle of a text style cell (Ctrl+Shift+H or menu: Insert->hyperlink). Trying to create a hyperlink to a file ...
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How to print preview a selection?

When printing (file->print...) there's the possibility of printing just the current selection. This is useful for printing just a couple of cells, or some chapters. The file menu also has Print ...
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How can one define an infix operator with an arbitrary unicode character?

You can setup "UsefulFunction[a, b]" to use custom infix notation "a [LeftRightArrow] b" as follows: ...
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Customizing syntax highlighting for private cell styles

Is there any way to set up a cell style with a particular syntax highlighting? For example, I'd like to have a CProgram cell to write in blue the C special words. I have done it by setting ...
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Saving a notebook as PDF, preserving syntax highlighting

Currently, one may save notebooks as PDFs from the menu by Save As... and then selecting PDF (on a Mac, I imagine it is similar on other OSs). However, 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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Is it possible to change the colors of the highlighted code in the Mathematica frontend?

With Format -> Edit Stylesheet... it is possible to adjust text-properties, text-colors, formatting of equations, etc of a notebook and to use this style-definitions again by installing it as ...
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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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Syntax Coloring for “Possible Unwanted Assignment” Issue

Apparently Mathematica's syntax coloring engine believes that the second assignment in the following code excerpt (concocted for illustration purposes only) is a "Possible Unwanted Assignment" since ...
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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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Subscript and Part: What's going on in this example?

Example I came across the following simple example from A Beginner's Guide to Mathematica, by McMahon and Topa, which I believe was written circa version 5.2. (FWIW, I'm using v9.) ...
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Write-protect documentation for self-written Add-on package

My package works fine so far, and now I want to add some documentation. I have put a file in ...
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can a ColorFunction have side effects?

Can anyone explain this (to me) odd behavior. If I run this code once (fresh kernel) it works as intended. ...
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some Graphics output do not fully render on the screen until an extra click is made into the notebook

Sometimes when using a command such as Grid and looking at the output, some of the actual lines (frame, gridlines) that make up the display will be missing on the ...
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keeping parentheses size the same in Input cells when using 2D math

I like to group the 2 parts of the If statement and others like it by using () to help me be able to still understand what my ...
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Quick way to invert a fraction

Over the years of using Mathematica, I find myself doing something along the lines of rewriting this: $\frac{[A^-_F]}{[A^-_U] + \frac{[H^+][A^-_U]}{\kappa_1}}$ as this: $\frac{[A^-_U] + ...
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Embed a Microsoft RichEdit 8 control in a Mathematica notebook using .NETLink?

Does anyone know whether or not it's possible to embed a RichEdit 8 control within a Mathematica Notebook using .NETLink? The goal here would be able to both view and edit mathematical text typeset ...
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How can I set an image to be the Notebook's background?

Is it possible to set a notebook's background to a nonscrolling image?
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Quickly display a color graphically

When manipulating colors, the output is shown as a textual expression like Hue[1/5], RGBColor[2/3, 1, 1/3], ...
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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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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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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 can I change the keyboard shortcut for switching the active window?

The default keyboard shortcut (on Windows at least) for switching focus to the next window is Ctrl+F6, and for switching to the previous windows it's Shift+Ctrl+F6. How can I change this to Ctrl+Tab ...
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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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Appearance in Checkbox does not work

I'm experiencing strange behavior in Checkbox with Appearance: ...