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How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression?

One may observe that MakeBoxes does not give the actual Box form of various expressions: MakeBoxes[{1*^4, 000123, a*b c}] ...
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Is it possible to change the colors of the highlighted code in the Mathematica frontend?

With Format -> Edit Stylesheet... it is possible to adjust text-properties, text-colors, formatting of equations, etc of a notebook and to use this style-definitions again by installing it as ...
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Automating Esc [[ Esc formatting?

Is it possible to program the Front End to automatically format double square brackets without having to type Esc[[Esc each time? It's awful to have to type Esc ...
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Antialiasing in 3D

Is it possible? Is it platform specific? Does it rely on the graphics hardware? Why does the antialiasing slider under Preferences > Appearance > Graphics do nothing? I remember seeing some ...
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Customizing syntax highlighting for private cell styles

Is there any way to set up a cell style with a particular syntax highlighting? For example, I'd like to have a CProgram cell to write in blue the C special words. I have done it by setting ...
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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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Why do buttons with ChoiceDialog freeze the front end?

Pressing the button below will freeze my front end. An unpainted white dialog box comes up, then it completely freezes, and I need to forcibly kill the front end. CPU usage stays at zero during ...
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How do I extract the contents of a selected cell as plain text?

My aim is to extract the contents of an Input cells as plain text. Ideally I would like to be able to select one or more Input cells and press a button which would then extract the text from these ...
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How to automate generation of image files?

I need to generate a large number of figures as PNG files, and I'm trying to decide whether Mathematica would be the quickest way to do this. All the figures have the same basic structure, and I'm ...
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How to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table?

Is it possible to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table ? I often end up exporting/copying big tables to Excel for seeing them, but I would prefer to stay in Mathematica and have a similar view as in ...
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Syntax highlighting for your own functions

Mathematica has a useful feature that for functions and special constructs getting passed local variables (for example Minimize or ...
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How to create a dynamic expanding DisplayForm's styled like the ones in v10?

The display forms for objects like ClassifierFunction are nice clickable boxes I like this, and now I'm trying to create my a custom version of this for my ...
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How can I easily eliminate the dependency of a stylesheet on a non-built-in stylesheet?

As per discussion here: User A has a notebook that uses custom definitions from styles.nb. Now user A passes the notebook to user B. The styles do not show up for B because B does not have styles.nb. ...
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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 10.4.1 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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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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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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How do I add new menuitems to menus?

What are some complete examples of what one would include in a FrontEnd init.m that would make use of FrontEnd`AddMenuCommands ...
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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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Fontsize is too small

I have this annoyance for a long time now: every Text cell uses the default font size, though it appears too small on my screen. See comparison of same text, same font (Times New Roman), same fontsize ...
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How to Keep Input Cells Hidden After Evaluating Notebook

I've created a notebook for use in an in-class presentation. There is a fair amount of MMA code, and my students know nothing about MMA nor do they need to. I don't want to distract them with the ...
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Automatically check student answers in tests

I am a physics teacher and I am looking for a way to create homework assignments within Mathematica so that each problem has an input field that students can use to check their answers. For example, ...
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How can I set up a versioning system within a notebook?

Since the Frontend crashes a lot, for important work it would be nice to have the notebook automatically branch and save itself every so many minutes. For instance, commands like ...
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Programmatically move the cursor to a desired location on the screen

Is it possible to set/move the mouse pointer's location directly from Mathematica without using external tools like Run["xdotool mousemove x y"]?
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How can one define an infix operator with an arbitrary unicode character?

You can setup "UsefulFunction[a, b]" to use custom infix notation "a [LeftRightArrow] b" as follows: ...
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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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Best way to add KeyEvents and faster Quit

Many users have asked how to add KeyEvents to speed/improve keyboard input. This is just a random example. The technique is always the same. It requires that you ...
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How to change the style definitions for Default.nb?

I have looked over other questions related to style definitions, and looked through the Mathematica 8 documentation, but I do not know why I am having so much difficulty setting the default font in my ...
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How can I make an InputField with a proper newline/carriage return?

The return key does not work as expected in an InputField, how can I overcome this?
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Is it possible to use custom GUI magnifications?

I am running Mathematica 7 on Windows XP Pro. I often use the magnification feature to zoom in on Plots, ListPlots, and ...
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Is it possible to improve Mathematica's auto-completion feature?

In this answer Brett Champion describes how one can intercept and modify the suggestions used for auto-completion. Question: Is it possible to modify the suggestion for the automatic auto-completion ...
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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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Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end hanging

I guess my programming working style is not unique. I develop programs one cell at a time, and when I have some confidence about what I did, I put all my mess together refining the code, building up ...
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How can I change the keyboard shortcut for switching the active window?

The default keyboard shortcut (on Windows at least) for switching focus to the next window is Ctrl+F6, and for switching to the previous windows it's Shift+Ctrl+F6. How can I change this to Ctrl+Tab ...
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Prevent graphics render inside held expression

Assuming each odd line is input I would like the even lines to be the output of the following lines. In the above the Graphics are inside ...
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How to replace the style of the inline cell in a StyleSheet

I would like to change a StyleSheet in such a way that any text that is typed into the inline cell (the one created by Ctrl+9) is shown in a different font (e.g. the font of my choice). At present I ...
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ScheduledTask with scoped variables. Working with timed evaluation

I guess I have to try harder and focus more but timed evaluation always frustrates me. I will show the issue on simple example of delayed trigger. ...
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There is a button in the “basic math assistant” which wraps highlighted text in chosen brackets. Is there no keyboard command for this?

This counts as something of a basic question, but one for which I cannot find an answer. I checked the documentation, I checked google, I searched it here, I read a bunch of different things, but ...
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Usage of \[InvisibleApplication] and other related invisible characters

From the front end, \[InvisibleApplication] can be entered as Esc @ Esc, and is an invisible operator for @!. By an unfortunate ...
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MathKernel doesn't return all Messages

In Mathematica I run this command: Plot[Sin[x], {x, 1, 15}, GridLines -> error] It generates a Plot with this error message: A GridLines specification ...
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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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Can Button[] generate output without using Print[]?

Button[] beguiles me. A simple example follows: ...
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How make AddMenuCommands work in an init.m

I want to add some items to the Mathematica 8.0.4 Help menu (under Mac OS X). In [$UserBaseDirectory]/Autoload/FrontEnd/init.m I have the following cell: ...
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Syntax highlighter shows error for Manipulate when it's inside a Block or a Module

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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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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How can I set an image to be the Notebook's background?

Is it possible to set a notebook's background to a nonscrolling image?
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Prompt a set of possible options

Recent versions of Mathematica dynamically prompt a list of possible options. For example, when typing Plot[x, {x,0,1}, PlotStyle-> After typing the arrow, ...
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How to Print to the Console

Background: Using the settings under Edit-> Preferences->Evaluation I can redirect all the Print statments to the console. What I'd really like to do is redirect just some specific ...
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How to convert between various ItemSize/ImageSize units?

How can one convert between the implicit units used by Grid (ems and line height for horizontal and vertical dimensions) and printers points (in ...
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Memory Leak in Frontend - anyone know a workaround?

When using Rasterize on a Graphics expression composed of many differently coloured Graphics objects memory is allocated in the frontend which is then not released or reused when a similar graphic ...
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Delete the current notebook cell using the keyboard

Is there another way than pressing Ctrl+. until the whole cell is selected and then pressing Del? If this is not built in, can I create some sort of a global macro to do this and bind it to a ...