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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How to sort cells in a notebook based on cell tags?

Suppose I have a notebook with cells tagged with both numbers and words with numbers always list first, and some cells without cell tags e.g.: ...
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How to modify font for all text fields?

I know that one can modify the StandardForm style so that all input and output codes (and maybe other things too) follow that style. This makes it tricky to make input code different from output code (...
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How do I get the equivalent of the $\LaTeX$ \tag{} in Mathematica?

How do I get the equivalent of the $\LaTeX$ \tag{} in Mathematica? $a+b=x \tag{1}$ I'm not necessarily asking how to use the $\LaTeX$ \tag{} itself in Mathematica,...
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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my work is a need to import some experimental data to work with. This means that my notebook depends on some external files which makes it difficult to share it with others and ...
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Invert Colors Stylesheet White on Black

There have been a couple studies done that showed that white text on a black background increase recall of data. Although this is certainly debatable how might I invert the colors of Notebook font ...
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Deleting Print results

While playing around with $Pre and $Post I created this very annoying piece of code: ...
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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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Create a notebook and save it without prompting Dynamics

This is closely related to the recent: Creating self destructing notebook. However the answer doesn't work in my case. ...
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Automatically use InputOnly style

Some of the built-in Stylesheets (e.g. PastelColor) connect together input and output cells by setting the CellFrame and ...
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Bug report: Attempting to Save Selection As… in a magnified Notebook fails with errors [duplicate]

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.0.2 or later I have found that attempting to Save Selection As... in a magnified Notebook fails with errors. On my system it can be ...
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Open two copies of the same notebook

Is there a way to open one notebook in two (or more) different windows? This can be helpful when working with a long notebook and one wants to edit one part of it while looking at a different part. ...
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Programmatically copy code so that all output is commented out

UPDATE: The final palette has a new home here! Please test and provide feedback (usability, suggestions, bugs) A note to the readers and voters: This is intended for community use, so please test the ...
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How to get complete Documentation Center graph of guide pages?

On the very last image below you can see a typical path of walking through Documentation Center guide pages. What is the best way to get the graph data and visualize the whole structure of these ...
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How to make a parallel auto-generated .m package from Initialization cells?

according to the documentation at ref/InitializationCell, When you first save a notebook that contains initialization cells, you have the option to make a ...
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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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how to make cursor jump automatically to next input cell after evaluating previous one?

When making separate cells in order to make separate computations to better see the result of each one before going to the next cell to do the next computation (which is a good way of doing things), ...
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Automatically close Mathematica

It seems there are a lot of related topics but I haven't found an answer. I want to automatically quit Mathematica after some procedures are done but dialog window appears: ...
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How can I type left (sub)superscript?

I want to type in my variable next to its plot and I'm typing the text in using Inset. However my variable has superscripts to the left. Say it looks like this: $ \...
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Saving a notebook without output lines

Is it possible to change the way Mathematica saves so that Out[] lines are never included? I have a .nb file that processes a ...
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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 File -> Save As......
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How to programmatically mark and then select a subset of input cells?

I'm developing a package that needs to exert significant control over a notebook while a user interacts with it. One specific thing that it needs to do, programmatically, is to select a specific ...
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Backslash commands in strings?

I discovered by playing around that Text[DisplayForm@SubscriptBox["\[Lambda]", "k"]] produces the same result as ...
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Setting a Counter in Mathematica Notebook

I would like to write a book using Mathematica, but I will write one chapter on several files. How to tell Mathematica that the BookChapterNumber pointer has the ...
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CDF, Player, PlayerPro, or something else?

I have a notebook, which contains a dozen or so custom functions all leading to the production of a simple static report, something like this: I want to distribute this to a single user who will ...
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stop notebook evaluation when Assert fails

I would like a notebook evaluation to entirely stop when an Assert fails, without quitting the kernel. Is this possible (e.g., by setting ...
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How can I make a cell that contains an image which can be shifted?

When you're looking at some help pages, they may have cells containing images which can be shifted within the cell by left-clicking and dragging the mouse. Here is a sample: tutorial/...
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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 to convert arbitrary raw boxes directly into String?

This question is motivated by the recent question about searching inside of the NB files. According to the Documentation, ToString expects a high-level WL ...
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How to make a notebook take action whenever a particular symbol is defined or redefined?

For teaching purposes, I want to create a Mathematica notebook that will "notice" when the user defines or redefines a variable or function of a particular name, so that it can check the value and ...
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How to group cell type A under cell type B?

My notebook's groupings for "Subsection" and "SubitemNumbered" are broken: And by broken, I mean I wanted it to automatically group like this which I did manually (with lots of control+shift+g) ...
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Capturing an F1

I teach an Intro to Mathematica course, and one of the things I try to reinforce early on is just how helpful Mathematica's help is. In the very first lab for the course, I even give the students a ...
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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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Substituting confidential tagged cells by a “content removed” cell

When producing a notebook with both code and text, I often end up with pieces of code, or even entire chapters, that I don't want to be shown on the final output. I generally hide or close them by ...
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Framing a combination of cells in the notebook

In my notebook, I have the following cells, which I tried to put around a single frame with a light blue background color. After entering the cells, I selected all four, then clicked the frame ...
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Indenting bulleted lists in Notebooks

I currently use Word for notes, making nested bulleted lists as I go. I've just started using Mathematica and would like to do the same in its Notebooks, but it doesn't look like it has that ...
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Is there a keybinding for absolute value?

Is there a keyboard shortcut or esc-sequence for typing in the absolute value bars into input cells? I know that if you do, Abs[-4] // TraditionalForm and copy ...
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ToBoxes Respect Spaces Code

Is there a way to force either ToBoxes or MakeBoxes to respect the spacing that occurs in the code? For example is there a way ...
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Viewing Mathematica Demonstrations Project Code

I hope I am going insane and the I'm not seeing the snake about to bite me... How does one view the code in the demonstration projects that one can download from wolfram.com? It seems like all of ...
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How to set the output be generated in a cell different from “Output”

I would have some functions, for instance Plot, to generate their output using a different Cell's style rather than "Output". The reason is that I'm producing some documents with many images and, for ...
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Why isn't autosave enabled by default?

While I've come across several ways to implement/enable autosave (see: Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?, Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end ...
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How can I automatically name files being exported based on input parameters

I have Mathematica notebook that performs some operation say a=2 b=3 c=5 d=4 how do I set the output file after evaluation to be named using the values $2,3,5,\...
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RunScheduledTask and return the result

I created a task that removes itself when an external variable x,is changed: ...
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What are the advantages of using .nb rather than .m files?

I can edit a notebook within the mathematica front end and then Save As a .m file, which produces output like this: ...
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Notebook vs. DocumentNotebook; display a Notebook inline, like a DocumentNotebook

If you evaluate a DocumentNotebook[] expression in the front-end, it nicely displays inline, inside of an output cell in the current notebook: For my purposes, <...
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How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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Do Mathematica notebooks include personal metadata?

I am about to send a Mathematica notebook to someone and I would like to make sure it does not contain any information that could personally identify me. I would also like to produce pdf files from ...
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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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NotebookFind and String Pattern Expressions

Is there a way that NotebookFind can be used to match string pattern expressions rather than just strings? The documentation for ...
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Is there a convenient/automatic way of uploading a notebook into SE?

This post discusses how to streamline the other way - extracting code from a fragmented and longish SE answer but I imagine a two-way workflow like: Fashion an answer/question in an SE-templated ...
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How can I recover the source code from cdf file?

by a mistake I have deleted the nb file by which the CDF was generated. All required definitions were in one cell. If I remember the code looked like this: ...