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Faded output is printed from dynamic object

Update: This behaviour happens only if cell grouping is set to Manual (similar to another problem). When an output cell is generated by e.g. dynamical object, ...
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How to dynamically filter cells in a notebook?

I have a notebook in outline form and a docked cell with a TextField[] for searching. I'd hide and show cells in a notebook to filter the cells based on the search string (any maybe type of cell and ...
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fields entry in ref/StreamPlot

In the ref/StreamPlot help file in Mathematica 10.0.2, we see the following image: Can someone explain how I would type this into an input cell?
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How to execute code on FrontEnd quit?

I would like to execute a block of code whenever the FrontEnd quits. I know about $Epilog, but it seems that this would execute every time the kernel quits, which ...
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ListPicker with conditional selection

I am reading data from a SQL Database and want to manually sellect multiple rows. ListPicker works very nicely, the only added complication is that I need to not only select the records, but also ...
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Can't type in notebook in version 10

After upgrading to version 10, I sometime get into the situation that I can enter nothing to the notebook. The Mathematica seems alive but it doesn't take any input from the keyboard. I tried to quit ...
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How to set InputAlias for all future notebooks that are opened in current session?

This code (SetOptions[#1, InputAliases -> {"xx" -> "X"}] & ) /@ Notebooks[]; will define the alias [esc]xx[esc] to ...
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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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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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Specify format to NotebookSave

When I save a Mathematica notebook using the front-end Save dialog, I can specify the format: However, the documentation for the NotebookSave command indicates ...
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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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How to keep window above all other apps?

You can make a notebook or palette hover above all other mathematica windows with the option WindowFloating: ...
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What are the purposes of functions in FrontEnd` context which are duplicates of those in System`?

I noticed that for notebook-related heads, there are usually a pair of same functions, one in System context, another in ...
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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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Blank sequences do not display anymore as continuous lines

BlankSequence[] and BlankNullSequence[] "suddenly" do not display anymore as "continuous lines" in my v.10.0.1 (OSX) (of course ...
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Manipulate Demo Full Screen

Is it possible to create a demo using Manipulate and then open it in a document that can be expanded to full screen?
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Automatically execute command after save

I want to run some code automatically after saving my notebook. Is there a $ variable or setting for this?
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Is is possible add a stylesheet into the menu?

I always use the PastelColor stylesheet in Mathematica 8, since I think it is comfortable to my eyes. But it can be no longer found in the Menu in Mathematica 10, ...
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Front-end: How can one programmatically extract window titles?

I would like to programmatically get the titles that appear at the top of notebook windows, particularly for notebooks that have not yet been saved (if they have been saved, I can get the information ...
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Greek symbols are all bold in MM 10 over Linux [duplicate]

I upgraded recently to Mathematica 10, on a Linux system, and I'm quite annoyed to find that all the greek symbols automatically show up in bold: I suspect the issue is some missing font somewhere ...
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How to write Mma notebook input that modifies itself?

Is there a straightforward way to reference and modify a cell from within itself? This is a little outside the ordinary use case and certainly not good practice, but I would like to execute an input ...
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Selection bugs make Mathematica 10 unusable

I'm getting odd selection bugs in Mathematica (starting in 10.0.1.0, OS X 10.10 and still present in 10.3.1.0, OS X 10.11.2) that are making it impossible to use. For example if I simply click before ...
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Is there a way to control V10's undo length?

This may be a duplicate (if so I will remove this), but I was having trouble finding the relevant bit of documentation to fix it. I noticed that my FrontEnd memory ...
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Where put or edit an init.m to add menu commands?

In this question, answers were given that worked to add items to some menu commands, e.g., additional colors on the Format > Background Color menu, or Help menu items. I have code for such in an ...
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Bug in grouping after editing code?

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.4.1 or later While looking at A question about conditional replacement I think I discovered a bug in the Front End that affects both 7.0.1 ...
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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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Frontend: Adding cell-type choices to the “Choose how to enter input” drop-down [duplicate]

In most of the notebooks I work in, I find myself using 2 or three cell-types almost exclusively (typically regular input, and some subset of section/subsection/chapter). A minor annoyance I run into ...
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Colored marks appearing in notebook input text?

Bug introduced in 10, persisting through 10.2 What is the causing these colored marks to appear in my Mathematica notebook? I'm particularly annoyed with the black ovals that occasionally obscure ...
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Zoom settings other than 50% 75% 100%, [duplicate]

Is it possible to choose a zoom setting other than what's provided at the bottom of each Notebook window (50%, 75%, 100%, 125%, 150%, 200%, 300%)?
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Problems opening a notebook in Mathematica

Reviewers: please see the comments below my answer for additional information on why the edits were made. -bobthechemist I have a text file (with a .txt extension) written for Mathematica, but ...
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Error with comments inside and expression

I found this strange parsing error with comments inside of an expression in Version 7. And example is {{1, x}, {1, y} (* {1, z (= 5+6)} *)}; It occurs depending ...
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Show StyleSheets and Palettes from custom directory in Mathematica's Menu

I'm working on a package that needs to be installed into an arbitrary, "non standard" path (i.e., not $BaseDirectory or ...
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Difference between double quotes

I have a notebook and I enter something like PlotLabel->"my label with dynamic number "<>ToString[strange] and I get errors like However, the double ...
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How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?

How can I change the default font size of the Virtual Book?
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Keyboard shortcut for changing style of selected text (NOT the whole cell)

For many years I have been using Alt+Shift+(number) to quickly change the style of text in a text cell. For example when I write descriptive text and want some of that text to look like input form, ...
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Default starting location of “Save as…” dialog in OS X [duplicate]

In the answer to this previous question, user Szabolcs says On OS X (I'm using 10.9 and Mathematica 9) the file chooser dialogue will remember the last location you used. So if you Save/Open ...
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Notebook's WindowSize interference with contents' Dynamic ImageSizes

Bug introduced in 8 or earlier and persists through 10.4.0 or later Consider the following MWE: ...
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Raising the dead (notebooks)

I have a notebook which has a lot of generated data (which I would rather not regenerate), and the kernel is dead. So, the question is, how do I recover the data in the notebook (I know it is there, ...
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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 ...
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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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Tracking Initialization

How to track Initialization step by step? Any tricky solution is ok. One condition, x should be ...
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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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Interpret TraditionalForm as InputForm

Every time I execute a command in Mathematica, it prompts me whether I would like it to remember my decision to convert TraditionalForm to InputForm. Sadly it doesn't remember my decision ? Any ...
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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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Use EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me only after long evaluation

Is it possible to use the option EvaluationCompletionAction to notify me (e.g. with a Beep[]) when an evaluation that took ...
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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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Suggested Settings for Mathematica over X11/SSH Tunnel

I am happy to discover that I can run a Mathematica session tunneled over SSH. However, as expected for X11 applications over the network, Mathematica's GUI does not have the responsiveness that I ...
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SyntaxForm not correctly parsed by FrontEnd

When using TagBox with SyntaxForm, I noticed sometimes it is not well parsed by the ...
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Menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” missing in V10

The menu item “Interrupt Evaluation…” seems to have disappeared in Mathematica 10 on OS X. Well, this is a bummer. I personally use Mathematica for very long calculations, and I was using this ...
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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 ...