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How to enter options when using an input palette

Integrate[1/(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^(5/2), {x, 0, b}, {y, 0, l}, GenerateConditions -> False] We can type in the above expression easily. But if someone new to ...
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The “Save” under “File” and “Undo” under “Edit” do not work in Mathematica 10.0 [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 10.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 Each time I click "Save" or "Undo" button from the notebook menu, some new notebook window similar to this pops up: And the file is not actually saved ...
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How to programmatically mark and then select a subset of input cells?

I'm developing a package that needs to exert significant control over a notebook while a user interacts with it. One specific thing that it needs to do, programmatically, is to select a specific ...
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Format-Size-Larger/Smaller shortcut disabled in M10? [fixed in v.10.1]

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.0.1 and 10.0.2. Fixed in 10.1 It seems that the keyboard shortcuts for enlarging/reducing the font size (ALT+= / ALT+-) don't work ...
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Changing scroll range for mouse wheel

Is there a possibility to change the range for scrolling with the mouse wheel in Mathematica? In ScrollingOptions I couldn't find such an option. I played around ...
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How to prevent Mathematica 10 from instantly displaying hover menus? [duplicate]

I recently updated to Mathematica 10 in the hopes to get the most up to date function definitions and run time optimizations. Alas, along with the (hopefully significant) improvements (not so sure ...
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Bug in handling backslashed Cyrillic symbols in v.10.0.0?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.1 UPDATE: Now both the inputs "\б" and "\\б" are interpreted as ...
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Separate output screen; clearing (cleaning) output screen

Is there a way to split the screen so that the code is visible on top, and the output generated from its execution appears at the bottom? Is there any way to clear the screen from previous runs, so ...
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What is Mathematica's comment-to-line-end token? [duplicate]

How can I make a full line of code into a comment by typing a single character inserted at start of the line? In other programming languages I can use characters such as ! , # and language processor ...
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Annoying FrontEnd bugs in Mathematica 10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 Recently I installed Mathematica 10 on Windows 8 x64 machine. Before that I had a prerelease version of Mathematica 10 installed on my laptop. I ...
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How can I improve Mathematica's resolution on a macbook retina display?

Mathematica 9.0 looks a bit fuzzy on the retina screen, how can I increase the resolution? Here another screenshot showing a direct comparison between the browser and Mathematica
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Linux: Mathematica crashes when clicking documentation links very fast

Bug introduced in 10.0.1 or earlier and fixed in 10.1.0 Can someone confirm the following behavior: Open a new Mathematica and go to the documentation. Navigate to any reference page (I used ...
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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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How can I clear the content of my notebook in Mathematica? [closed]

The Clear command is for clearing definitions of symbols. Is there any built-in function to clear the work area of my Notebook?
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How can I prevent SHIFT-ENTER moving the editing cursor?

What I do: Here press Shift+Enter to evaluate. What I get: The cursor disappeared What I want: The cursor retained Workaround: Up Arrow as many times as it takes, Right arrow as many times ...
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How to define a number of infix operators with predefined relative precedences

Reading a number of questions about infix operator notations I want to ask if somebody could reimplement the problem below in a simpler way, say modifying ...
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Is this behaviour, producing OutputSizeLimit`Dump`encapsulateOutput, a bug?

Bug introduced in 6.0.0 and persisting through 10.2.0 The input ...
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How to add named characters to Mathematica 10?

It appears that native support for the Klingon alphabet has been removed from version 10: \[KlingonA] Syntax::tsntxi: "\"!(\[ KlingonA])\" is incomplete; ...
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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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How can one easily toggle the “insufficient version” warning message in CDF and Mathematica?

Unfortunately people use different Mathematica and CDF versions and the default setting of "InsufficientVersionWarning" in MessageOptions is True both in Mathematica and the CDF Player (which is quite ...
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Output code not highlighted when used as input

I have reported this issue: [CASE:3389542] Today, I accidentally found what I believe is an unwanted feature of the front-end, where input code is not appropriately highlighted and the dynamic ...
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How to work around Mathematica hanging when showing a large SparseArray?

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 In Mathematica 9, if I display any large SparseArray object in the default way (which looks something like ...
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Some symbol does not auto-complete in v10.2

When I input Backsub in Mathematica 10.2 and press Ctrl+K after, I couldn't get Backsubstitution. My OS is Windows 8 32-bit. ...
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Mathematica 10.1.0.0 (OS X) high CPU usage even for empty notebook

Bug fixed in 10.1.0 (see answer for details) Since update to 10.1.0.0 Mathematica has a high CPU usage even when no evaluation is running (even for empty notebook opened). I am running OS X ...
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Avoiding an unresponsive user interface in OS X

I have found that despite Mathematica's numerous updates, each of which have added much functionality, one fundamental issue remains unaddressed: The unresponsiveness of the UI when I make a mistake (...
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How to test if file exists on the front end machine?

When using a remote Mathematica kernel, how can you test if a file exists on the local front end machine? Of course FileExistsQ cannot be used in this scenario, ...
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How can I protect my notebook file with a password to open and save changes?

I want to protect my .nb file with a password, because now I'm using a free access computer in my university. Everybody student in my university can use that computer and I do not want my .nb file can ...
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How do I maintain notebook state variables between front end/kernel sessions, if those variables are set programmatically rather than via UI widgets?

I need to give a notebook a few simple state variables (counters) that will be saved with the notebook, persist across kernel restarts, etc. From what I've read, using variables defined within a ...
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Opening a notebook from command line in an existing front end instance

I am using Linux, and I would like to be able to programmatically open notebooks in a running Mathematica instance from the command line. Currently, doing something like /opt/Wolfram/Mathematica/8....
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How to open notebooks in already running instances of the Front End on Linux? [duplicate]

On Windows and OS X, if Mathematica is already running, double clicking a notebook doesn't open a new Front End instance. Instead it will conveniently open the notebook in the already running ...
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MathKernel doesn't return all Messages

In Mathematica I run this command: Plot[Sin[x], {x, 1, 15}, GridLines -> error] It generates a Plot with this error message: A GridLines specification ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut that reproduces the code two input cells above the current cursor location?

In Mathematica running on OS X, Cmnd+L is one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts, as it reproduces the code in the input cell above cursor location into the current cell or into a new cell when the ...
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Alt drag does not work properly

When a graphics is displayed, right clicking will bring up the Get Coordinates tool. To select a rectangular region, you can do it manually by selecting the two corners and Alt+C will copy these two ...
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Adding code comments to a module [closed]

What is the best way to comment a long Module? For linear flowing calculations that need not be organised in modules, I usually mix text and math. But how can I do that inside a module, or block, or ...
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Finding a Specific Line in a Package

In a package I am developing, I accidentally left this line Protect[ uncompleted prior to running the package. Mathematica produced this error message ...
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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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Is there a way to change the indentation behavior of the postfix operator //?

For example, using newlines after // results in some really weird indentation: Ideally, I'd love to be able to do something like this: ...
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Is it possible to maintain user-defined shortcuts in a web-installable package?

There are various posts here on this site about how to add user defined extra keyboard shortcuts for the front end. The problem is how to put them into a better maintable and properly documented ...
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How to disable half-hiding output, when the corresponding input cell is modified

I think it has become less easy to compare the new output, now that the output font color turns gray as soon as something is modified in the input cell. Is there any solution?
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How to get the size of a specific image in the front end?

The title pretty much says it all. One possible point of confusion is that this question is not limited to items with head Image. I don't know what is the ...
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How can I timestamp a notebook?

Ok I must be missing something. I have a section with the "last updated date" in a text cell, I'd like it to autoupdate. Is there a "insert current date" command hidden away in some menu? Edit How ...
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How to access the string of the cell I am typing?

I'm trying to map a keyboard shortcut to google search the contents of the cell I am typing. Here is my code so far: ...
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autocomplete or forward search input histories

I think there are many bash users here. In bash, a forward search of input histories can be done by Ctrl+r, which let you edit your previous similar input and reuse it. Is there a similar function in ...
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Defining symbol shortcuts in the Front End

I was wondering (because I could not find any documentation on this) if it is possible to do shorthand abbreviations for domains or could one define them? E.g. In[1]:= Element[p,Complexes] Out[...
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How to expand multiple cells at once?

Is there a simple way to expand multiple cells simultaneously? At the moment I am primarily interested in fully expanding "in one fell swoop" all the cells in a documentation window, although I can ...
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Is there any Mathematica functionality enabling its use for the blind?

A colleague of mine has become blind as the result of a sudden medical misfortune. We want to help him to feel useful and active again. We, however, still cannot determine what can be done and to what ...
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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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What is the complete list of valid FrontEnd Packet types?

In response to my question How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression? John Fultz answered with a method using the hilariously named ...
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Software Testing (Dynamic, Manipulate, DynamicModule) Interfaces

The main Testing Framework (in both the frontend and Wolfram Workbench) supports unit testing for command-line invocations. Is there a natural way of co-opting this, or perhaps there already exist ...
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NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option [duplicate]

Why NotebookWrite[ EvaluationNotebook[], Cell["ZZ", "Section", WholeCellGroupOpener -> True] ] produces: ...