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What is the real default CellEvaluationFunction?

The default CellEvaluationFunction is Identity but one can quickly see that this is handled specially as an equivalent function, ...
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Mathematica 10 Notebook Fonts Look Bad

I've upgraded my home installation of Mathematica from version 9 to 10 today on a Windows 8.1 machine, and I'm getting a weird font issue - the fonts are not anti-aliased, and look unbalanced and ...
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Why do quote marks appear in output when saved with Save Selection As?

Update: As Simon Woods astutely observed this problem only occurs when you select the cell contents rather than the entire cell via the bracket. Those two tested this and reported, please check again ...
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Bug in handling backslashed Cyrillic symbols in v.10.0.0?

Consider: "\бвгд" // FullForm "\\бвгд" // FullForm In v.8.0.4 I get this: ...
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Gnome wants to kill Mathematica 10 during selection

I am using Linux (CentOS, Gnome 3.8.4) and I suspect this is an OS dependent problem. When I input some text, and use mouse to select the text as follows: First press the mouse left button, keep ...
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Mathematica 10 'Formatting Notebook Contents'

Mathematica 10 freezes while 'Formatting notebook contents'. This happens already during the startup of Mathematica and it takes a long time for Mathematica to recover. It can also happen when I am ...
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Changes to colouring in Mathematica 10

I'm putting my new copy of Mathematica 10 through its paces and I noticed a weird change in the colouring scheme that I find very annoying, and I'd like to get some insight into why it's happening. ...
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How to automate a FrontEnd return?

I use some custom shortcut keys in KeyEventTranslations.tr. One is for the Delete All Output function: ...
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Why is SparseArray and InterpolationFunction always grayed out?

In the front end of Mathematica version 10, a new feature was implemented which dims output cells that no longer correspond to its input cells. So when you type ...
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Is there a shortcut to select all cells above the current cursor position?

Is there a command / menu entry / keyboard shortcut to evaluate all cells above / up to the current cursor position? I have the feeling I am missing something elementary here... Addendum: In fact, it ...
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Start Mathematica without the menu bar?

Is there any way to start Mathematica without the main menu bar? To be precise: Sometimes I make standalone mini-applications that I would like to just have in their own little windows without the ...
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Error when attempting to save Notebook. Cause and solution?

I am experiencing an error attempting to save a modified Notebook in Mathematica 10 under Windows. The error I get is: ...
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Can I save a manually cropped Image in Mathematica 10 without hard cropping?

In Mathematica 7 I was accustomed to a certain workflow: Paste an image into a Notebook Select Actual Size from the context menu, if necessary Ctrl-drag the control points on the sides of the frame ...
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Bug report: Attempting to Save Selection As… in a magnified Notebook fails with errors

I have found that attempting to Save Selection As... in a magnified Notebook fails with errors. On my system it can be easily reproduced by: opening any documentation page setting Notebook ...
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How to restore the font size and other options to default Globally

I have messed up the font size globally. I was playing with SetOptions and I think I have accidentally changed the font setting of the FronEnd setting globally as can be seen here. I tried to ...
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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; more ...
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Having variables appear aqua in user defined function [duplicate]

In many of the inbuilt mathematica function, variables appear aqua like in: However, when creating your own function, variables no longer have that green coloring and are instead colored like an ...
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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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Format-Size-Larger/Smaller shortcut disabled in M10?

It seems that the keyboard shortcuts for enlarging/reducing the font size (ALT+= / ALT+-) don't work anymore in M10 as it did in M9. If I select the text (or code) inside a cell they work. But if I ...
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Is there a command returning information about a particular object? [closed]

Suppose I have a variable var1, a function MyFunction, and a graphic SomePlot. I remember ...
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ExampleData menu view

I'm trying to build an ExampleData browser, so that the "collection"/"type" is selectable in a drop down menu, and the "name" is selectable in another drop down menu. What I have so far: ...
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FontSubstitutions: how do they work?

I'm puzzled by FontSubstitutions. The help says this: FontSubstitutions is an option for Style and Cell that gives a list of substitutions to try for font ...
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Front End Find feature broken in Version 10 with OSX Mavericks?

I installed Mathematica 10 and on my Macbook-Pro with OSX Mavricks. I was most frustrated to find that the front-end Find feature doesn't work. Do others have this problem? Is it possible something ...
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Menu commands on Palettes and other windows without menu bars?

In the Version 10 interface, at least by default, there is no longer a common menu bar in a separate window, and menus appear to be localized to individual Notebook windows. If I select a Palette and ...
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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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Remove variable from autocomplete - version 10 issue?

I've got a program that's fairly long. Occasionally I ClearAll some lists that I created. That works fine, but those lists continue to show up in the autocomplete. Is there anyway to remove them ...
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Implementing efficient multiple undo

At the time this question was asked, version 10 was not out yet. The Front End of Mathematica 10 does have multiple undo, see the answer by John Fultz. The Mathematica Front End's built-in Undo ...
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How to get the new font in Mathematica 10?

Trying out Mathematica 10 and I still get the Courier font, not the new font shown in all of the examples on Wolfram's website. Anybody have any ideas how to get the new font working? Running on Mac ...
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How to make a function that can return the box with information?

In the version 10, a lot of functions returned a box with brief information which is very useful. For example: Interpolation[{1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 5}] So what's ...
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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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How to preserve In/Out tags like what they did in documentation files

Every evaluation generates a pair of In[n]/Out[n] signs tagged before actual input and output. Like the following: If I save the file, close it and re-open it, that In[n]/Out[n] signs will ...
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Create custom shortcut to change font color

Just wondering if I can create a custom shortcut key to change the font color of the notebook text. I've created a custom shortcut (in dkyeventtransactions.tr) to bring up the font color dialog, as ...
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Parallel kernel and front end

I have a piece of code which looks like this: ParallelTable[ Monitor[ Table[ <code here> ,{i,i1,i2]; ,i]; ] so basically a ...
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Help function ? sometimes doesn't show help

I was just wondering if this is a known bug. When I want to get basic help using the ? command before some function name, it typically works for a while, but I've ...
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How to force Manipulate to use preserve control settings over successive evaluations

I have this Manipulate: Manipulate[Plot[Sin[a x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}], {a, 0, 3}] Now, I realize I had mistyped the expression and it's actually ...
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How to highlight the whole selected cell

Is there any way to highlight the whole selected cell? some times if I want to delete a certain cell and if the code is long and cells are without output, it is hard to know which cell that you are ...
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How to change the appearance of a Cell GroupOpener?

I would like to change the Cell GroupOpener appearance. In the present Mathematica design it is too small and can be missed by a reader unfamiliar with Mma. I know, how to change its color through ...
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Mathematica script - Using front end

I'm running Mathematica on OS X and I want to create an Automator action that converts spreadsheet files. I have written this script: ...
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What are \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and \[InvisiblePostfixScriptBase]?

In the non-printing characters documentation, I see two named characters that are largely undocumented: \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and ...
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Front-end issue: Some glyphs not displayed

I have a weird issue, that cropped up recently: If I type \[UpArrow] and hit return, the uparrow is not displayed in the output (it is in the input). Changing the ...
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Has anyone seen (and been able to mend!) an error involving Symbol FE`DynamicModuleVariableList?

FE`ExecuteInDynamicModule::noval: Symbol FE`DynamicModuleVariableList$67 does not have a value. >> I'm just posting the error for the moment as this is a ...
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Multiple Mathematica notebooks in a tabbed window with line numbers

I have the following questions: Is there a way to open multiple mathematica notebooks in tab group rather that each mathematica notebook opened in separate window? Is there a way to display line ...
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Invisible characters being inserted into the output from FindMaximum

I have been using Mathematica for quite some time but I have never seen anything like this. It started without warning and I am not sure how to fix this. Please have a look at the following example ...
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How can preserve my manual edit of an expression when exporting to LaTeX?

Context I would like to use the Mathematica front end to pre-process expressions before exporting them to LateX, for the sake of readability. Example Say I have this expression ...
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Front end typing lag

Under Windows 7 I frequently get serious keyboard lag. My home machine (Windows XP) NEVER lags. I was able to improve things somewhat by running Mathematica as Administrator, but this only went so ...
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TeXToBoxes and BoxesToTeX BoxRules options

A recent question has gotten me to look more into the tex conversion rules. Consider the following latex string: ...
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Why do Tooltips slow down Dynamic so much? Is there a faster alternative?

I'm working on a Dynamic ListPlot with a few thousand plots, and it seems that wrapping the points with Tooltip slows the Dynamic responsiveness substantially. With the simple example below, dragging ...
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How to apply by default the style to the Cell instead of the selection?

It's a bit tiresome repeating ctrl-., or UpArrow, Shift-DownArrow (in Mac), or grabbing the mouse to select the bracket every time one want to change the cell style. As style commands on empty ...
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DynamicModule inconsistent behavior; was: DynamicModule persistent UI changes

Update: I'll restate the question in hopefully more terse and clearer terms. To illustrate the issue, run this and save the resulting notebook: ...