Questions on Notebooks (*.nb, *.ma in earlier versions), structured interactive documents produced by Mathematica that can contain text, graphics, sound, calculations, typeset expressions, and user interface elements.

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Why selecting text in my notebook become abnormal?

Selecting text in one of my Notebooks becomes abnormal. Here is the unselected text: and here is the partly selected text: When the text being selected, it should be like this: What is wrong ...
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Prevent Cell Deletion

How might I be able to prevent a Cell form being deleted when you press the Delete key? Maybe there is a way to display some type of ...
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How do I force all Graphics Text to be StandardForm?

I've been playing around for while trying to determine how to get all graphic objects to use StandardForm fonts. That is, I want all axes labelling, titling, legends, inserted text, etc., for 2D/3D ...
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How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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How to calculate the whole run time in a specific notebook?

I have found a way to show the run time in a specific cell in a notebook (.nb). Now, I want to have the whole run time including all cells in a specific notebook. How is it possible to calculate it ...
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How to syntax highlight a code cell in another language? [duplicate]

I'm learning c/c++/objective-c and I wanted to write my notes in a mathematica notebook. But without the proper syntax color highlighting it looks terrible....
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How to pop out of a subsection in a notebook

Let's say I have a section in a notebook, which I begin with a cmd-4 keystroke. I type in some text and expressions, and now I want to introduce a subsection for ...
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How can I change the highlighting color of an InlineMathCell?

When using the InlineMathCell one types Ctrl+9 within the text cell, and gets a slot for starting typing the InlineMathCell part. When typing the content of the InlineMathCell is slightly highlighted ...
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Remote access to notebook is very slow

I am using Mathematica at work remotely from a computer in my building and I can edit notebooks by opening them from terminal via ssh without problem (a little slow if there is a figure with many ...
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How does the built-in debugger decide what to highlight?

How does the built-in debugger decide which definition to highlight in the notebook when Break on messages" is enabled? Here's an example to illustrate what I mean. First, enable the debugger ...
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Is it possible to create a styled cell with pre-defined content?

When you create a new styled notebook from the Stylesheets chooser dialag, you get a new notebook using the chosen style with some sample content provided. But if you apply styles from the same ...
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Evaluation of notebook from chosen cell to end

There is option to evaluate the complete notebook but I wanted to know if its possible to evaluate notebook from some desired cell to end or some other desired cell following?
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ClearAll[“Global`*”] stops working with Context set to 'unique to this Notebook'

I just changed my default notebook context to 'unique to this Notebook' so that variables don't roll across numerous open notebooks. Doing this, however, made the command ClearAll["Global*"] stop ...
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Taking class notes with a Mathematica Notebook

Dose anyone take notes in a technical class using a Mathematica notebook? If anyone does, how does it compare to paper and are there useful commands? I have a hard time remembering ctrl/alt/esc ...
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How to retroactively merge cell change history according to a merge interval

I recently noted that there is an option in the options inspector to set a merge interval for cell changes. This (I think) prevents a quick series of changes from spamming your notebook history with a ...
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How to replace a string within a selected region in a notebook?

I want to replace a string in a selected region/cell in mathematica notebook/package. I searched but didn' t get any result. I think it' s a quite common feature for editors/programming environments. ...
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Fastest way to select the longest cell

I'm trying to learn low-level notebook programming and I have a question. Is there faster way to select the longest cell in a notebook than this: ...
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Cell brackets on left side?

Is it possible to have the cell brackets on the left? I looked through the options and couldn't find anything, but maybe it's some kind of esoteric style setting or something. The reason I'm looking ...
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Pasting $\LaTeX$ into a Mathematica notebook

I have read that $\LaTeX$ source can be directly pasted into a Mathematica notebook. However, I have been unsuccessful in this regard. An example of the errors received are: ...
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Use Initialization Cells to open a CellGroup

I would like to use "Evaluate Initialization Cells" to open a CellGroup in a notebook. However, the following code doesn't work if placed in an initialization cell: ...
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How to make a notebook not savable?

How to make a particular notebook not savable? Optionally, how to do this by evaluating a command in the notebook?
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Use different kernels for different Notebooks

I know that the command LaunchKernels[] starts up four kernels on my machine: ...
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Use NotebookWrite with Graphics?

I am trying to use NotebookWrite to paste a plot into another notebook. The code looks something like: ...
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ClearAll just for current notebook

So in my search to fine tune Mathematica to what works for me, I found a nice setting that helps separate variable declaration between notebooks. Under Global Preferences, searching for CellContext ...
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How to change Compiled->False to Method->{Compiled->False} in multiple notebooks?

I have a collection of about 40 notebooks where the options for ParametricPlot and ParametricPlot3D have: Compiled->False and I need to switch any/all ...
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How to set the background of a section to light gray?

How to set the background of a section to light gray and leave background of content below and above the section as default?
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Is it possible to create Evaluatable cell which will be automatically overwritten?

Am trying to generate an Evaluatable cell which itself is an output cell which will be overwritten when the original Input cell ...
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How do you configure Mathematica 9 to automatically evaluate all notebooks?

I have a Mathematica 6 course that I am using in Mathematica 9; there is no updated version. Every time I open a notebook I have to go to the Evaluation menu and click on "Evaluate Notebook". Is there ...
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Background color of Code cell lost when convert a notebook file to pdf

Well, I have a notebook with the built-in stylesheet Preprint, which I'd like to convert it to pdf. Everything works well except for the code cells(I use the shortcut key alt+8 to create cells of code ...
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How to create a button that colors a selected piece of text in a cell?

I use Mathematica 9.0.1 and I want change the color of a selection in a text cell using a button. But when I use this code it changes the color of the entire cell. ...
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How to find out if invisible notebooks are still open

If I create a notebook CreateDocument and I set options such that Visible -> False, is there any way to tell if it's still ...
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Does an equivalent of marks in vim exist for navigating notebooks quickly? [duplicate]

Is it possible in the Mathematica front-end to associate a keyboard shortcut with a cursor location in the notebook (kind of like marks in vim) so that one can return to them quickly later? (Just ...
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Controlling preferences of deployed notebooks

The following screenshot shows a toy example to illustrate what I want to accomplish: The above mimics the structure a type of notebook that I want to deploy for both Mathematica and PlayerPro ...
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How to build and operate a master Notebook?

Suppose you have some notebooks, they work for a family of related tasks, each one doing a certain task. Lets say Notebook 1 gets two inputs from its variables in11 ...
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Is there a way to check whether two notebooks share the same variables?

When I code in Mathematica, I often re-use code from old notebooks which fulfilled a specific purpose; for example, one testing for soft matches in strings, or one that identifies outliers on a graph ...
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Copy last/second last (etc.) input from history into current cell

I like to use terminals (e.g. gnome-terminal) where you can use the up key to copy the last command into the current input 'field'. For example, to repeat the last ...
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Entering Sum in traditional form

The documentation for Sum says that it is possible to replace Sum by EscsumEsc. The limits ($i_\max$ and $i_\min$) should be ...
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How can I add a background to a stylesheet?

In version 9 we can set the background to an image, however I'd like to save this into a stylesheet that can be installed.
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Cell background color changes cell layout

When I change the background color of a cell like in the colored cells become slightly indented and their line spacing is increased. How can I change the cell background color while keeping the ...
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How to programatically save a notebook created by CreateDocument

I've already written code that generates about 20 notebooks using "CreateDocument" and I was wondering if there exists a method to automatically save them. Is there an easy way to create a notebook ...
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Extracting text from cells, preserving non-ASCII characters

Consider the following setup, based on this answer by WReach: ...
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Converting a notebook to plain text programmatically

It is possible to export a notebook to plain text format (practically just extracting all the text from it and discarding formatting) using the ...
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Saving a notebook as a $\LaTeX$ file, with syntax highlighting preserved

How can I save a notebook as a $\LaTeX$ file, while preserving the syntax highlighting (such as input/output boxes)?
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Keep palette visible when Mathematica application loses focus

When the Mathematica application loses focus, palette windows disappear (normal notebooks and dialogs (CreateDialog) stay). This is usually convenient because the ...
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How would I improve this Karaoke machine code?

I was looking at a large collection of Import/Export user suggestions the other day and it dawned on me that we finally have MIDI import in Mathematica 9, which is rather interesting since MIDI ...
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Exclude Sections/Subsections/… from evaluation

I'm working on a large notebook and I want to exclude some sections and subsections from being evaluated when I evaluate the whole notebook. Is there a way to exclude specific sections or ...
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Cell output controlled by CellFrameLabel Checkbox?

The following generates a Cell that returns the state of the checkbox when evaluated: ...
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Embedding Mathematica Console into a Java/.NET Application [duplicate]

I enjoy using Mathematica's notebook interfaces, but more specifically the autocompletion in each notebook. I'm in need of a way to put tons of Mathematica windows on the same page. It would be an ...
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Can the banner in the Home Edition be removed?

The Mathematica Home Edition shows a banner at the top of every notebook: Is there a way to (permanently) get rid of it, without violating the EULA? Edit Yesterday, I sent this message to WRI ...
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How to create a “standard” CDF programmatically?

How can I programmatically create a CDF which is similar to the CDFs created by File -> CDF Export -> Standalone...? ...