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Show a part of the output but be able to work further with the full output

Is it possible to display a portion of the output without dropping the hidden data? For example, when I use Shallow, a part of the output is actually dropped.
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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 set focus of a dialog window?

I have a dialog, which, when pops up, requests input from the user. How can I set the window up that the focus is on the InputField of the new window (i.e. the ...
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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] ...
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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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How to launch the browser with a given url programatically? [duplicate]

The front-end can do this already for hyperlinks... I was wonder how to do this in general.
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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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Dynamic cells after Kernel restart/quit:

After quitting the kernel only one Dynamic cell fires. And it does not matter how many are there. ...
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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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Floating highlighting bug [duplicate]

At some random point in time the highlighting does not disappear any more. By highlighting I mean transparent boxes appearing for find feature indicating found object, cursor highlighting once you ...
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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

Why NotebookWrite[ EvaluationNotebook[], Cell["ZZ", "Section", WholeCellGroupOpener -> True] ] produces: ...
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How is CellContext->CellGroup supposed to work?

After reading the documentation on the subject, I still cannot get CellContext->CellGroup to work. Here's a simple example. (Unfortunately, I cannot easily ...
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Is it possible to recover the style of the previous version(V8,V9) in Windows?

In Wolfram Mathematica 10 (Windows paltform),the menu bar and files are combined together.When I narrow the window,it will become ugly shown as below! So my question is: Is it possible ...
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How to sort cells?

Is there a way to programmatically reorder the section cells in a notebook alphabetically? For example:
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Entire notebook merged to one cell after crash

I have just reopened a notebook in Mathematica 10.1 after a crash, and find all cells have been merged, including the labels on input and output cells (In[202] := ...
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Transparent bitmaps in controllers. Problem with initial appearance

Bug reproduced in V10.1 on Win7 I have a problem with images with alpha channel which I want to use as labels on Button etc. Unless I scroll or move cursor over ...
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Mathematica 8 sometimes hangs up over a simple instruction - ask more and it may unhang

Lately Mathematica 8 seems to have an 'underload' buffer where the current instruction is not executed unless it is given a few more tasks to do. This is very weird. Sometimes it takes just one more ...
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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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How to unset an notebook option programmatically?

This question is related, but not identical, to this one. Suppose one sets a notebook option like this SetOptions[EvaluationNotebook[], Foo->Bar]; ...and ...
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Is there a way to fully restart a Mathematica session from the front end? [duplicate]

Sometimes my Mathematica environment gets sufficiently fouled up that a full restart is the best way to move forward. By "full restart" I mean the equivalent of running ...
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Can one upgrade versions directly from Mathematica front end?

The copy of Mathematica I use I get through work. Upgrading this copy is always I time-consuming, pointless chore. I think all of it could be automated. Which makes me wonder: Is there any way to ...
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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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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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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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ShowSelection color

The color of a selection is controlled by the operating system. E.g., enter the following code in separate cells. ...
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Take screenshot of the entire desktop using Mathematica

Is it possible to get a screenshot of the entire desktop directly in Mathematica? I am on Ubuntu running Mathematica 8. For some reason GUIScreenShot[] fails. But ...
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Running a shell script within Mathematica

The title pretty much explains it and I have not found something similar already posted. Perhaps I am not searching for the correct title or maybe this is something very basic, but I would appreciate ...
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Update/refresh notebook variable color on clear

By default, Mathematica displays variable names already assigned as black while new variables are displayed in blue. When executing Clear["Global`*"], variables ...
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What is the FrontEnd?

Can anyone sort out what the Front-End is, how it is structured and what its relationship to the Kernel is. The FrontEnd is mentioned quite often but elusively avoids to be caught and clearly defined. ...
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How to restrict the mouse cursor to stay within a box?

I'm trying to use Mathematica to write small games, and I find that it would help to restrict the player's mouse into the game window (just like other games do). Is there any way to achieve this? ...
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How to anchor a Pane's scroll position to the bottom?

Suppose I have a Pane containing some dynamic text, for example that is being updated by a logging function. ...
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Is there a programmatic equivalent of Edit > Find…?

Most things that can be done via the front-end interface in Mathematica can also be accomplished by some function. Is that the case for find-and-replacing? That is, is there some code I could execute ...
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Most influential and/or disrupting features introduced with new versions of Mathematica

This is something that has been bugging me for ages. With every upgrade, Mathematica has added new functionalities and amended some of its bugs. In the process, though, some older functionality has ...
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Bug in handling backslashed Cyrillic symbols in v.10.0.0?

UPDATE: In version 10.1.0 the described bugs are fixed. Now both the inputs "\б" and "\\б" are interpreted as ...
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How to toggle visibility of all the evaluatable cells (but not their output)?

I know that I can select individual evaluatable cells and disable their Open property (through Cell > Cell Properties), but ...
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Changing FrontEnd automatic scrolling in version 8

In Mathematica versions < 8, the FrontEnd has a very intelligent behavior: On evaluation, it by default automatically scrolls down the Notebook window to the last printed Output cell but also ...
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Menu bars on Palette windows don't work properly — any workarounds?

After getting help from Rojo with Menu commands on Palettes and other windows without menu bars? I was able to create a Palette with a menu bar by: Selecting the Palette and opening the Option ...
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Failure to export graphics by right-click when Notebook magnification is changed

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.1.0 or later When I try to export graphics as PNG, JPG and other rasterized formats using the right-click and choosing ...
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Some unexpected behaviour with StyleKeyMapping

Start with a fresh front end & kernel. The expected behaviour with an Input cell should be like this: Input 1and delete ...
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How can I import html fragments as formatted cells?

I see that there is limited support for "HTMLFragment" in Export, but I figured with all the work that went into porting Mathematica into the Wolfram Cloud there should be a way to Import ...
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Annoying window. How to remove it?

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.1.0 or later How do I remove this window from my Mathematica? Unchecking the Debugger menu item as described in How to close the (local) Debug ...
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How to close the (local) Debug window/palette

I have this local debug window that is so annoying How can I hide it? What is the purpose of it?