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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What is “MemoryMonitor”?

Evaluating one of the following inputs ...
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Is there a callback for notebook exit?

I know that $Epilog is called when Mathematica is exited; is there a callback upon exiting the notebook? If so, what is it?
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How to copy code out of notebook to an external text editor without extra line feeds being added?

I am simply trying to copy code from a cell (input cell) in a notebook, to paste the code into a plain text editor, and not have some lines wrap in the middle. I need to copy the code, as is, to a ...
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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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How to restore corrupted files?

I have a file that I can't reopen because MMa was "Not Responding" and I had to shut it down. I found links online to this: http://support.wolfram.com/kb/12423 I executed those two instructions in a ...
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How to make an unremovable modal window?

Is there any way to securely stick a notebook window (e.g. a dialog) on screen that it cannot be closed/removed/hidden by any of the standard OS shortcuts, like AltF4 or AltTab under Windows? 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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Problems with images caused by which stylesheet is used

Update This looks now like it was a bug in Mathematica version 8, because everything works as expected - at least for this minimal example - in version 9. (As an aside, I couldn't seem to find ...
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How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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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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Is it possible to insert an animated image into Mathematica notebook?

I find it very convenient to use Mathematica notebooks to organise the codes + results. I was wondering if it is possible to insert an animated image (say an animated gif) in the middle of a ...
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“Choose how to enter input” - leave me alone

How do I get rid of this: I can't find the appropriate entry in Option Inspector or in WolframPredictiveInterface.
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How to create a notebook element that can replace itself?

I would like to create a notebook element that can replace itself. Here's an example to illustrate: ...
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How to share a notebook?

I have a folder in dropbox syncing to my desktop. I tried sharing a notebook file this way, but this generates lots of errors, conflicts, and data loss: I have notebooks with Dynamic and other ...
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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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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 to collect expressions from cells created by Print?

I have a notebook where evaluation of a certain cell produced hundreds of adjacent output cells using Print. I need to create a list containing all expressions from ...
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Drawing an arrow pointing at the “Enable Dynamics” button

Sometimes my students are given Mathematica notebooks as part of an assignment, and asked to go through some demonstrations contained in the .nb file. A lot of times I get complaints that the "graphs ...
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How to pipe a stream to another notebook?

Can I pipe an OutputStream object created by OpenWrite (or similar) to a notebook instead of a file? I am aware that I can use ...
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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: ...
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Opening new notebooks with a non-default window size

I'd like to set Mathematica (8.0.4.0) up so it opens new notebooks with the "NaturalColor" stylesheet and with a WindowSize like ...
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Docked Cell lesson chooser

I have a question about creating a docked cell that will let me choose files. This is just as much a "design" question as a Mathematica question. I'm a math teacher and I want to bundle a bunch of ...
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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 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 convert a notebook cell to a string retaining all formatting, colorization of identifiers etc?

I have an opened Mathematica notebook containing several cells. Suppose, I am interested in one of them -- it may contain a complete or incomplete expression (e.g. with syntax errors, highlighted ...
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Is there a way to change the indentation behavior of the postfix operator //?

For example, using newlines after // results in some really weird indentation: Ideally, I'd love to be able to do something like this: ...
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Typeset unbalanced brackets

In LaTeX, you can typeset expressions containing unbalanced brackets, by balancing them with an invisible delimiter \left. or ...
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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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What are the purposes of functions in FrontEnd` context which are duplicates of those in System`?

I noticed that for notebook-related heads, there are usually a pair of same functions, one in System context, another in ...
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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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Why is plot legend unsafe?

It has been fixed in version 10. Every time I open a notebook contains a legend, I get the message warning that it's not safe. The file contains potentially unsafe dynamic content. Why does ...
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How can I set a fixed cell height?

I did this often in previous versions of the Mathematica notebook front end. I would have a cell with lots of raw data, e.g. a very long list. The list might go on for pages. I would set the cell ...
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How to effectively diff a notebook?

How to effectively diff a notebook with another version of it? This is usually needed/encountered in revision control, but can be generally useful. What i currently do is disable notebook history, ...
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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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Notebook's WindowSize interference with contents' Dynamic ImageSizes

Bug introduced in 8 or earlier and persists through 10.3.1 or later Consider the following MWE: ...
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How do I create a package from an existing notebook?

I have a notebook containing some functions, for example: f[x_] := 2*x g[x_] := x^2 Now I would like to convert this notebook to a package, ...
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Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?

I've had Mathematica crash on me a number of times, and have had to recreate notebook contents from the last save point. I was looking for something in the preferences like an autosave frequency ...
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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 return notebook's own file name

What command within a notebook will return the file name of that notebook?
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Keyboard shortcut to evaluate notebook

(If this is entirely trivial, although I couldn't find an answer as much as I searched the archives, I will delete the question.) How could I add a keyboard shortcut to evaluate the entire notebook ...
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Create new notebook at fixed size

Using Ctrl+n we are effectively doing FrontEndTokenExecute["New"] and, at least on Windows, new window has WindowSize equal to ...
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How to create a screen shot of a notebook

I would like to use Mathematica programmatically to take snapshots or screenshots of any open notebook. For example, I would like to get from the notebook created with this command ...
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Knowing when a notebook has changed programmatically

Is there any way I can programatically determine whether a notebook has unsaved edits? Is that asterisk on the right of the notebook name represented in a notebook option or something, like ...
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How to export notebook in colored PDF form [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Saving a notebook as PDF, preserving syntax highlighting I would like to export my notebook code in a colored PDF form. What I do is select the brace in the right side ...
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How to do computations simultaneously in multiple notebooks? [duplicate]

I have a Mathematica script which takes a few hours to run. I want to be able to open another notebook while it's running and do some other computations. I have enough many cores on my computer for ...
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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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Building documentation with interactive examples in Wolfram Mathematica

There are interactive examples in the documentation in Wolfram Mathematica. Thus to compile them we just need Shift+Enter. I want to develop such examples for functions from my own package, how can I ...
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Inheriting Stylesheets when using CreateDocument

I build a lot of presentations and custom notebooks with very different stylesheets, and use Button and CreateDocument quite ...
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How to get a list of all expressions in a notebook matching a certain pattern?

Suppose I have a Mathematica notebook saved to a certain location on disk. Given a pattern I need to get the list of all expressions matching this pattern that appear in input, output or print cells ...
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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 ...