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Blocking dialog with a blocking child dialog

Suppose I have a DialogInput, in which there is a Button. The Button can trigger another ...
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Understanding evaluation and typesetting

Background So, one could be surprised by the fact that: Hold @ Grid[{{1, 2}}] (*or*) Hold @ Graphics @ Disk[] This issue and methods of prevention are ...
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code indent issue in frontend: How to remove annoying space at beginning of a line

I am using MMA 10.4.1 Very often I encountered this problem This is an extraction of a Module (the last bracket is matching module). The ...
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Syntax highlighting in text cells

I want to write some documentation for a notebook using text cells. Now, I can select parts of the text within such a text cell and set its style to "Input". This does change its font, but there is no ...
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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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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 can I make an invisible Cell?

Notebooks have a Visible option, but Cell // Options doesn't mention any equivalent for ...
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CopyToClipboard freezes FrontEnd

This is freezing the FrontEnd: CopyToClipboard@ExampleData[{"Text", "AeneidEnglish"}] Are there system limits I'm hitting here?
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List of Recently Opened Files

If I go to the menu bar and press File I get a list of recently opened files.This would be useful except they are edited and mostly replaced by dots thus making choosing difficult. See the screen shot ...
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Guidelines for planning custom GUI in Mathematica

This post is here to save your time during GUI development in Mathematica. And one way to do this is to know where limits are and to be aware of features that are awaiting. Intro Usually I don't ...
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What is a printer's point?

Edit 28. IV 2016, Reply from WRI: The developer replied today to the documentation question we are having. He agrees the statements in the 2 reference pages can be clarified. [...] ...
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File path autocompletion options?

Suboptions like "FileCompleteEnable" in CodeAssistOptions are new in v10. Are there any options I can exercise with respect to the behavior of filepath autocompletion? Then is there anyway to set ...
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“Most compatible vector representation”

When saving a plot through right click ► Save Graphic As…, Mathematica lets me choose several options, including separate vector representations for areas with ...
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How to set ExportOptions for custom HTML exports

I need to customize some HTML tags when exporting a Mathematica notebook to HTML. I have to use the File ► Save As… FrontEnd token and not ...
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Mathematica Serious Startup Error [closed]

I am getting "Low-level WSTP error: Unknown internal error" during Mathematica 9.0-10.4.1 (tested with 9.0, 10.0, 10.1 and 10.4.1 fresh install) start-up on some specific Linux machine (x86_64, ...
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Creating compiled search TRIE file for argument string completion

I'd like to generate a compiled search TRIE file (like those found in $InstallationDirectory\SystemFiles\FrontEnd\SystemResources\FunctionalFrequency\) to help ...
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ClipPlanes on Translated 3D objects crash front end

Bug introduced in 10.1 or earlier and persists through 10.4.1 Applying Translate to a simple 3D object (e.g. Pyramid) along ...
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Which version of Mathematica has cursor animation when running on Windows?

Does anyone remember which version of Mathematica, running under Windows, has the following behavior: when you type something into a front-end window, the cursor has a small animation? It becomes ...
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Magnification of a notebook image object

When you resize an image in a notebook with your mouse you get a tool tip with size and a magnification percent for your image: Is there some way to programmatically ascertain these values in the ...
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Image3D interactive manipulation slower in 10.4.1?

I've upgraded to MMa version 10.4.1 under MacOS 10.11.4 on a MBP Retina. We use Image3D a lot in our work and it seems like it has gotten very very slow in this ...
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Mathematica freezes on autocomplete [duplicate]

For some reason, Mathematica has started freezing whenever I try to type anything into it. I can paste text into notebooks, but as soon as I start typing the window will freeze and it will cease to ...
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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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Segmentation fault on auto-complete

My front-end freezes as soon as I type more than two letters in a notebook. I think the error occurs, when the auto-complete feature kicks in. If Mathematica was started from a terminal, the following ...
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The very bottom of CellMargins is missing

Bug introduced in 8 or earlier and persists through 10.4 Edit 16. IV 2016 I've received an answer from WRI Support: [...] It does appear that CellMargins is ...
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How to setup logging levels?

I was wondering what tools exist out there for doing logging in Mathematica? The Echo functions is nice, but I'd like to set various severity levels and other ...
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Strange caching of Palette's TaggingRules

Please follow those steps to get the idea about the problem: Let's create a palette: ...
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undocumented backslash-lessThan operator in strings?

I'm aware of the backslash operators in strings, as in this SE answer, but I ran across a new one. I opened a new Styled Notebook ... in the front-end GUI, chose ...
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How can I change the style of every newly opened notebook?

I'd like to make Mathematica open a new notebook using the Natural Color template (under the Creative category) by default. Is that possible? If so, how?
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Evaluating input cells in automatically created notebooks? [duplicate]

I've figured out how to insert Input cells and Text cells into an automatically created notebook (and, thanks to this answer, ...
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How to get a larger mouse cursor [duplicate]

I'm giving a presentation with Mathematica and want to point to things with my mouse so want the cursor to be nice and big. I've changed my cursor to be nice and big in Windows (8.1), but when I go to ...
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Automatically Created Documents don't have safety dialogs on close?

If I manually open a new DocumentNotebook in the front end using the GUI, and then I put input in the document, and then try to close the document, I get a safety dialog asking me whether I want to ...
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Front end displaying all lines as dashed lines [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 10.0.1 and fixed in 10.0.2 Recently I've installed Mathematica 10.0 on my Ubuntu 14.4 Now I have some problems with its front-end, in particular it shows all lines as dashed ones ...
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Resuming SSH evaluation with XMing

I am re-asking this question since it exactly applies to my situation and it had received no answers earlier: I currently run my Mathematica on a linux computer through Putty and Xming. Xming ...
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Magnifying the Help documents without magnifying the images therein

In Mathematica's Option Inspector I set the notebook magnification factor to be larger than 1, for example 1.12, ("Notebook Options"->"Display Options"). Accordingly contents of the Help browser are ...
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Is it possible to split the last cell in a group of cells, such that the split-off part remains grouped with the old group? How can one achieve this?

I have a notebook with several groups of cells grouped with their respective headlines (Title ... down to Subsubsection). I grouped them all manually. It often becomes necessary, to add something to ...
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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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Minimap of a notebook? [closed]

I usually code in Atom or Sublime, both of which have a very nice high level outline of the entire file called a minimap. Here's an example: It scrolls with you and highlights the area of the file ...
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UI problem of changing color of text

Bug introduced in 10.0.1 and persisting through 10.4.0 It seems that Mathematica has some problem of changing color of text in a notebook. When I choose a color, I need to click "OK" several times ...
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Why does OptionInspector not act on grouped cells?

I found out that hyphenation for German text is horrible in Mathematica 10.4. So I want to switch it off alltogether. For this purpose, I select all cells in my notebook. Then I invoke ...
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Frontend flickering [closed]

The front end is flickering on hyperlink mouse-over events: Is there any way to avoid this, or any option that could boost the front end's frame rate for mouse related dynamic events?
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Why one needs two Unevaluated to show 1+1 correctly in TreeForm?

The task sounds simple, give the tree plot of 1+1. However, after some trying, I can only make this possible by using two Unevaluated. ...
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What causes the error NotebookEvaluate::nbnfnd?

Help says: NotebookEvaluate can take either a NotebookObject or a filename referencing a notebook file. therefore, I wonder why ...
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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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What are the most common (usual) ways to make palettes with non-trivial functionality?

What are the best (most robust and most convenient) ways to create palettes that can be installed permanently (using Palettes -> Install Palette...) and are safe ...
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FormatType with respect to Cell's content

Minimal example: Let's establish a notebook's stylesheet with additional TestStyle which has a FormatType->"CellExpression": ...
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How to find the background color in Placeholder

I would like to know how to find the background color used in Placeholder[abc]. It is some kind of Yellowish-Pinkish, I think. There is also a ...
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What is “MouseDragged”?

Bug introduced in V10.1 or earlier and persisting through V10.4 Print is triggered just by pressing the mouse button. ...
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How to unlock a stylesheet which is not needed anymore by the FrontEnd

Problem: So, if your notebook has a private stylesheet and it has a parent stylesheet, you can't delete that parent, in the same FE session, after the notebook is closed. Minimal example: We are ...
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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: ...