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How to disable the small pop-up windows when mouse is over a Mathematica command in V10?

In version 10, when the mouse is over a Mathematica command, a small pop-up window comes up that one can click on for help on the command. Is there an option to disable this feature? Screen shot: ...
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How to Build a Drop Down Menu? [duplicate]

I am new to Mathematica so I am sorry if the question is rudimentary. :) When I was reading the help page, I noticed that there is a structure like the picture below for the topics in the help page ...
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What governs images resizing in the FrontEnd environment

What is responsible for the middle Row images' size? And why single image row is different? ...
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Setting WholeCellGroupOpener

When I write WholeCellGroupOpener, Mathematica autocompletes it, but it doesn't recognize it (it stays blue instead of turning black). Example: ...
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Selection of all the objects with the same style in a notebook [duplicate]

In a notebook, I would like to select all the cells with the "Text" style to change their style. How is possible to do this with a automatic process? For the moment I can do it only cell by cell.
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Button to close cells

I want to have a button that closes cells with a specific tag. The following code does what I want: ...
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Triangle that collapse cells

I'm not very good in English , so is hard to explain but how put the triangle in the left that deploy or collapse a group of cells ?
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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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Private Style in a StyleSheet with preformatted text

I want to create a new Style in my private StyleSheet. I duplicated the Style "Text" and made some alterations. Now I want that a Cell with this style has an expression already filled in, for example ...
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Notebook Magnification changes - Why?

I have written a notebook but in order to edit it, I prefer 125% magification or even 150%. I know Window>Magnification. Also there is a small symbol on the right bottom of the notebook, where I can ...
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Front End options

Inspired by a recent question and others like it, and not finding an existing duplicate, I ask: What is the hierarchy of Front End options? How do they work? How can their values be set and ...
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What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens?

What is the complete list of valid Front End Tokens? Preferably, by version number. Keywords: FrontEndToken, ...
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No Way to paste a Picture from Clipboard under Linux?

As far as I remember, on a Windows PC in the old days of Mathematica 4 I could paste an image from the clipboard by just pressing Ctl-V. This seems to be no longer available on my Linux PC. If I try ...
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How to Add a PageBreak menu by MenuSetup.tr

In 1998 there was a discussion on comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica how to add am PageBreak menu to Mathematica. I used the recipe from there for very long time (in fact, I used Mathematica 4 till ...
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keyboard shortcut to invoke Insert new matrix

I frequently need to type in some matrices, and the menu command Insert>Table/Matrix>New... ...
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Non-english spell check dictionaries for Mathematica?

I've spent a fair amount of time bending Mathematica for taking notes and I've been very happy with it, the only missing piece it seems is a nice spell check dictionary for Polish (my mother ...
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Can Mathematica check spelling during typing?

I can't see a way to get Mathematica to check my spelling as I type. Is this feature not supported? I've done everything I can think of with my options: Is there a setting I'm missing?
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How to find words within cells of same style

I have long notebook with several cells styles (Input, Output, Text, Section, Subsection,...), and I want to find words in the notebook only in the cells have same style. It is very annoying when you ...
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Windows 10 taskbar pushes MMA window

I finally gave in and upgraded to Windows 10 yesterday. Everything is running smoothly so far. The only problem I have is that when the taskbar pops up, it pushes my focused Mathematica window up. ...
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Manipulate (Linux version of Mathematica)

I'm runnning Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 11.10. After installing CDF player I still have problem (most of time) with Manipulate. Only way I'm able to change value of a ...
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Author Tools layout for a table of contents

Can someone point me at the place, where the Layout of the Table of Contents is stored in the Author Tools. There should be some style sheet, but I can't find it. Author Tools is still a very useful ...
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Copy/Paste of a plot leaves whitespace

I'm trying to copy Mathematica figures into word, but when I do, I get tons of extra white-space for some reason. Either standard ctrl-c - ctrl-p or "copy graphic" does this. I understand that I ...
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Why does the front-end no longer like MixedRadix as an argument for UnitConvert?

I often find MixedRadix very useful for make certain kinds of unit conversions. For example, ...
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hotkey to mark the current cell and make it a text cell

In order to write to a Text cell, you usually just start typing. Then you find out that you are writing in an Input cell. Then you want to convert the current cell to a Text cell. In order to to this ...
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Browse and Import local files with inline autocomplete? [duplicate]

Inline auto-complete is convenient: Can it be extended to browse and import local filesystem? I'm aware of the [[Experimental]] (since V 9?) AutoComplete could be used interactively with ...
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Non-English spell checking dictionaries in Mathematica: Where to get them?

I simply want to be able to spell check my (german) notebooks. There was a question similar to this but with no answer: Non-english spell check dictionaries for Mathematica? You can find this ...
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Is there a way to hide and show manually inserted page breaks?

If I create a Notebook that includes multiple pages I know that I can show/hide page breaks by using menu item File ► Printing Settings ► Show Page Breaks. I can ...
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How to close all windows or just quit mathematica from code? [duplicate]

So my problem is that I want to be able to close all of my currently open windows/notebooks from my code, but Quit[] only quits the current kernel. Is there any ...
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How to start at a given arbitrary PageNumber

I have a Script with several sub-notebooks. I want to start the page of the body-text at 1 with content and foreword before that page. How can I assign a page number to show up in the print-out? I ...
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Close or Open, not OpenClose CellGroups for specific CellStyle

I am aware of the question Close programmatically all cell groups in Mathematica but I am trying to find out how to close only one kind of Cells in a notebook, ...
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How to abort evaluation when clicking CancelButton

If you run the following code you will notice that the evaluation continues in the following cells. I want to abort evolution if CancelButton is clicked. I tried ...
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Results of a function are different when the function call and subsequent statements are evaluated one line at a time

I have some code that I am porting from VBA to Mathematica. The original code processes data on an Excel spreadsheet. In Mathematica, I find it convenient to replicate the Excel spreadsheet data ...
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How to indent/align Header 4

What's the deal with Header 4 (⌘ + 4 on OS X)? Are there options to align under or to the right of Header 3? Also remove the overbar? Couldn't find anything in Options Inspector.
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Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8

What does the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8 does in Mathematica (version 10)? On Windows 8.1 it displays a little square: I can write in it, but I don't understand what it does.
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How to use an ExpressionCell to display e.g. an Input cell inside a generated output?

It's not that I can't live with that but I don't understand why e.g: ExpressionCell[ Defer @ Style["string", Red], "Input"] is not showing quote marks? This ...
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How do I set Mathematica to open a specific folder - When I type “Command + O” in OS X [closed]

When I type "Command + O", in Mac OSX 10, Mathematica automatically opens my directory: "Users/john" How can I change this setting to make it open "Users/john/Documents/Mathematica/GameOfLife" the ...
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Unescape Formatting in Strings [closed]

Mathematica has a dirty habit of sometimes escaping all the formatting in my strings when loading a .nb. I know this is inevitable for ...
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Custom Mathematica Command Conventions?

I'll probably get ripped apart over this, but: Is there an option to make Mathematica use more common formatting conventions when dealing with commands? For example, most programming languages use ...
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Docked cell showing keystrokes and mouse buttons actions

When I send bug reports to WRI, sometimes I attach a screen video record, like on the following example (that I just sent as an improvement suggestion). As you can see, I use OSD Hotkey, to make sure ...
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How to have an Input cell that doubles as an Output

Motivation / examples: on a spreadsheet environment, each cell doubles as input and output. If we click on it, it shows the input; if we hit Enter, it shows the output; on this answer, I tried to ...
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How to change default font for all existing notebooks at once?

By default, Mathematica 9 and 10 use Gill Sans MT fonts for headings of title/subtitle/section/subsection/subsubsection. Unfortunately, Gill Sans MT fonts have no Cyrillic letters, so that all ...
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Paste[$\,$] does not paste the current system clipboard

As described in the documentation, the Paste function, Paste[] pastes the contents of the system clipboard in the input ...
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how to test if a string containing boxes is syntactically correct?

This is a string that displays as formatted x^2: "\!\(x \^2 \)" If I left off the closing parenthesis for example: ...
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How to reference a numbered cell

I want to have a numbered celltype, say '1.7.2 exercise' which counts up, when I put in a new cell of this type ('exercise'). Later in the notebook (or even in a different notebook in the same ...
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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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If I have a very large Popup Menu list how can I make that searchable?

Imagine that you have a PopupMenu's list that requires a lot of scrolling through the selections. Is there a way to create a control that will only display a ...
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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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Programming scripts to create and modify stylesheets: problems with contexts

I am trying to emulate the shift and shift+tab feature in the Outline.nb stylesheet that comes with Mathematica. I added the following code to a private ...
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How to prevent Dynamic activity with colour swatches in V10+

Since V10 if I type e.g. an RGBColor or simply a named color a dynamic colour swatch is returned. Same goes for when you e.g. extract colours from a plot (in ...