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Benefits of using Intellij IDEA as Mathematica IDE? [duplicate]

I use Intellij IDEA for Java programming, but have not really considered it for Mathematica. I saw a video with a Wolfram programmer who was describing it as "essential" for him, but from what I could ...
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What do the elements of the Parallel Kernel Status screen mean?

I just managed to get my multiple kernels up and humming on a new multi-core machine, which I am quite happy about. I am slightly at a loss, though, about the meaning of the different parts of the ...
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Interaction of InputField with Row (but not Column, Grid or Panel)

In Mathematica 9, there's an interaction between InputField and Row. The following fragment (without or without ...
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Auto line breaks in workbench

I have been using Mathematica for a while and thought of using Worbench to structure my project better. However, moving my code from .nb-files to .m-files in a Workbench project does not really work, ...
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Button ImageSize x-dimension ignored

How can a small square button be created with ImageSize -> {20,20}? The x-dimension won't go below about 70. (Using version 9.0.1 on OS X.) ...
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How can I rewrite my game without using Manipulate?

Snake Games ...
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Multiple notebooks in Mathematica

While working with multiple files in Mathematica, is there a way to have the names of the files appear along with the minimized window of the file. I mean that sometimes I forget which file was places ...
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Looking for documentation on code editor's color/style highlighting

Where can I find reference documentation (as opposed to, e.g., tutorials, etc.) on the meanings of the various color/style highlightings that Mathematica automatically assigns to code as one types it? ...
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Get both output and return code of external program

Run["program"] will run an external program and return the return code. Import["!program", "String"] will run the program and ...
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Detecting change of a variable (detect mouse clicks)

I want to do something when the mouse is clicked. But it shouldn't matter where the mouse is clicked, so I can't use EventHandler. Instead, I'm trying to do it like ...
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How can I create an advanced grid interface?

Working on a CDF for report creation, I miss having a nice grid interface, where I would have basic operations like being able to sort a columns by clicking on the columns head (ascending and ...
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Collapse matching brackets [duplicate]

Well I'm not sure this is a good question for this site, but after reading the FAQ section it appears to be OK, so ... The question is related to the interface and not to computation difficulties. I'...
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Can one affect the appearance of components of a control?

I'd like to control the appearance of the components of a TabView[] control. Such a control appears constructed of Buttons, <...
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Can Button[] generate output without using Print[]?

Button[] beguiles me. A simple example follows: ...
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Save icon in toolbar in v9

In previous versions of MMA there was a 'Save" icon in the toolbar when you do the "Show Toolbar" from the "Window" menu. This is not present in v9. Anybody know how to get it back?
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How can we extend the predictive interface so it can suggest new operations?

Introduction Mathematica 9 has introduced a new predictive interface. For each output, it suggest possible actions the user might want to take. How can this interface be extended so that it will ...
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Is it possible to customize the Suggestions Bar?

I'd like to be able to customize the Suggestions Bar in v9.0 to provide recommendations of my own. Possible example: when doing unit calculations, I'd like it to suggest converting the answer to ...
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Does Mathematica have a built-in date picker?

Does Mathematica have an interactive date input control that lets the user choose a date by browsing to a calendar view and returning the selected date as a date list? For example, something like the ...
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How do you force a decimal output? [duplicate]

I have some very small values such as 2.601519253*10^-8. I'd like to output these values to CSV for another program to work with. I've tried N[value, 50], but Mathematica still insists on producing ...
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Inputting abbreviated units [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Simpler input for the new unit support Is there a way to input abbreviated units directly from the keyboard? One can get a value with abbreviated units through the Wolfram/...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for hiding the suggestion bar?

I see that there's a control I can click to hide or "minimize" version 9.0's "suggestion bar". Is there a keyboard shortcut to do this?
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How to create a notebook that has the form (not function) of the System Information Notebook?

Mathematica's system information display (click Help>AboutMathematica>SystemInformation to see it) is nicely packaged. Is it just a notebook with a TabView and other controls in a notebook with ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 no window focus on help browser

The help browser is not getting window focus when clicked on it. Clicking links or buttons in the help browser works without window focus, but copying code or typing in it doesn't. I can get window ...
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Why aren't the locators independently enabled/disabled?

I am wondering why the Enabled setting for the first locator (point1) overrides the Enabled setting for the second locator (...
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A command for outputting a list of parameter values in a Manipulate interface

I am looking for a command that will output a list of values that correspond to the current parameter values manually set on a particular Manipulate interface. For ...
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Excel-like UI in Mathematica

This is NOT about importing/exporting Excel data to/from Mathematica. This is purely a UI question. The Mathematica notebook interface is very "linear" — I type in an input cell and Mathematica ...
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Automatic Text Adjustment

Continuing the theme of minor interface annoyances, one of the unique features of Mathematica as a text editor is the automatic adjustment of text location as you type. This could be a bit ...
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Simple question about startup options

This is probably fairly straightforward, but I wasn't able to find it right away. I'd like for Mathematica to display on startup the latest notebook I was working on, and nothing else. No additional ...
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How do I efficiently navigate the command line interface to Mathematica?

I would like to perfom such feats as cycling through previous commands, editing commands in place, etc. My expectation would be a readline-like interface, but this appears to not be the default.
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Can the toolbar be moved to the code window? [duplicate]

Is there any way to move Mathematica's toolbar window so it is just part of the current notebook's window? I usually just work with one notebook at a time and it is pretty annoying to have to have ...
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Single-Window-UI not possible? [duplicate]

I'm still very frustrated about the separation of the menubar (File, Edit, Insert, ...) and the open notebooks in different windows. I would prefer to have the menubar directly above each notebook in ...
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Creating a Tooltip that knows what platform is currently being used

I have Mathematica 8 on my PC. I also have a new Mac with CDF-player, but not Mathematica. I want a Tooltip that shows one thing if running on a PC, and something ...
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Mouse motion heat map - live visualization and analysis

Mouse motion heat map is an great way to study spatial attention distribution, styles of movement, reaction, etc. I am trying to design a code that visualizes such heat map. The requirements: 1) It ...
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How can one popup menu be used to add another?

I'm trying to construct a GUI that changes depending on what's chosen in certain popup menu's. For example: The default state of the menu is condition one, but when the first PopupMenu is selected ...
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Syntax Coloring for “Possible Unwanted Assignment” Issue

Apparently Mathematica's syntax coloring engine believes that the second assignment in the following code excerpt (concocted for illustration purposes only) is a "Possible Unwanted Assignment" since ...
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Prevent text from wrapping in a notebook

By default in the Notebook interface the text wraps. Is it possible to prevent this wrapping?
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How can I use the Klingon alphabet symbols?

Note: This functionality is presently missing. See: How to add named characters to Mathematica 10? Mathematica apparently supports the Klingon alphabet: ...