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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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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: ...
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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 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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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 I create an advanced grid interface on Mathematica?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I get Manipulator control elements to appear on one line?

By default Manipulator produced by Manipulate with Appearance -> "Open" option have two ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Connect to USB Serial Converter

(I'm using Windows 7 & Mathematica 10) I have a sensor with RS232 serial interface. The sensor came with a RS232-to-USB converter and corresponding driver & software for data transportation. ...
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After editing a file Mathematica 10 interprets […]^2 as […(])^2

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.2 or later This is a very weird bug and I don't really know how to reproduce it, so I'll just copy-paste the whole code ...
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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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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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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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Can I get rid of the “learning bar”? [duplicate]

I just purchased a home edition of Mathematica 10, and there seems to be a toolbar that I can't get rid of. It is kind of annoying and distracting. I couldn't find the option in the preference panel. ...
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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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Is it possible to suppress 'Out[xxx]=' without suppressing 'In[xxx]:='?

While I have not exhaustively searched Help/Documentation Center for an answer to my question, I have put forth a yeoman's effort without any success. Does anyone ...
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Can you make the new “Choose color scheme” helper larger?

Mathematica 10 has a cool new "color data chooser" feature: My question is: Can you make that window larger? Right now, I can only see 3-4 color schemes at once, even though all 51 gradients would ...
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Make Enter create new line break inside InputField [duplicate]

I would like to write multiple lines of text inside an InputField, using ContinuousAction->True to update some variable ...
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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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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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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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Display full path of current notebook on title bar?

Is there a setting in Mathematica notebook interface to get the title bar to display the full path to the current notebook?
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Can Button[] generate output without using Print[]?

Button[] beguiles me. A simple example follows: ...
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Creating a nested menu with OpenerView

I have a file with the following structure: ...
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Is it possible to get the locations and dimensions of all boxes in a StandardForm expression renderation?

I can select all the boxes in a StandardForm rendered expression, like I've selected the left parenthesis in the picture above. Is it possible to get the positions and dimensions of all of these ...
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How to make a button that allow me to control a Manipulate module? [duplicate]

I'm trying to use button that allow me to control a manipulate module. Here's what I did now, it's really simple: ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How to get rid of Mathematica 10's help tooltips? [duplicate]

Since Mathematica 10 every time your mouse cursor appears above some function or even variable, an annoying tooltip appears offering help: I've become quite used to Mathematica now and I don't need ...
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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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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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Is there a hotkey for the drop down selection/information?

I am more used to typing then using the mouse. I was wondering if there were hotkeys for the drop down list and the info button? What I mean is what I have marked in the picture below. When I ...
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Package editor interface

Is there a way to get rid of the unused space on the left of the package editor? What is it's purpose if I configured Mathematica to not show In and ...
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How to make the Mathematica icon flash in the taskbar?

I have a somewhat long computation running in the background. I would like the Mathematica icon on the taskbar to flash once the computation is done. For example, Microsoft Outlook reminders make the ...
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Dialog-type notebook

I have the following dialog to calculate the product of a and b: ...
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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 ...