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 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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Separate output screen; clearing (cleaning) output screen

Is there a way to split the screen so that the code is visible on top, and the output generated from its execution appears at the bottom? Is there any way to clear the screen from previous runs, so ...
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Drag and Drop Support

Is there a way to effectively get drag and drop so you can drag files onto nbs in Windows? For example similar to the way .bat scripts work. Ideally I would like the script to automatically execute ...
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How can I clear the content of my notebook in Mathematica? [closed]

The Clear command is for clearing definitions of symbols. Is there any built-in function to clear the work area of my Notebook?
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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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Welcome screen (V9): selecting notebook from Open Recent … results in initialization cells not evaluating

The following represents an abbreviated example of more complicated code, but it replicates a problem the more complicated code encounters. ...
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Spelling dictionary corrupted

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 I have a problem with the Check Spelling in Mathematica, that I quite don't understand: If I try to use the Check Spelling on any notebook, the check just ...
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Unexpected result when reading Cell with comment-lines by NotebookRead

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 9.0.1 When considering this question about re-formatting Cell (also this one), I encountered an issue which confuses me. I'll ...
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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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String option names for Cells

They seem to be correctly interpreted. I'm asking because of some minor reasons and a major one: NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option I don't know any official confirmation so let ...
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How can I protect my notebook file with a password to open and save changes?

I want to protect my .nb file with a password, because now I'm using a free access computer in my university. Everybody student in my university can use that computer and I do not want my .nb file can ...
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Is there a way to embed a data set in a notebook?

I have a data set (currently a table in a .csv file). I would like to share this notebook with colleagues either as a notebook, or (even better) as a CDF document. Is there a way to embed the data ...
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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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Changing one line in code to Traditional Form?

I was watching this video: Animating Heat Equation. The speaker had this code (just prior to the 60 second time level): ...
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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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Quickly editing the stylesheet and saving it

I have a private stylesheet I'm using. I edit it by going to the menu Edit->Edit Stylesheet and then clicking on the private stylesheet cell. I can modify whatever I want but it never gets saved. The ...
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List of Recently Opened Files

If I go to the menu bar and press File I get a list of recently opened files.This would be useful except they are edited and mostly replaced by dots thus making choosing difficult. See the screen shot ...
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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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Wrapping text around pasted graphic

I would like to use Mathematica to create all my documents for my high school math class. I cannot, however, find a way to copy and paste a diagram (let's say from Geogebra) and then place it where I ...
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Split/unmerge merged cells in notebook file

I have merged cells in a Notebook file. Is there a way to split such a merged cell group back to single cells, in each of them being one command?
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my Mathematica has turned orange and not able to find out why

I do not know what happened. But when I rebooted my PC, now Mathematica comes up orange colored. I shut down the PC and tried again, it is still orange. Here is screen shot: I also did a reset. ...
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Can I enter the traditional form for Binomial as input in an expression?

Is there a way to enter the traditional form of a binomial coefficient, i.e. ${n \choose k}$ instead of Binomial[n,k], like I would enter a radical sign $\sqrt{x}$ ...
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SetDirectory[NotebookDirectory[]] in one notebook causes Directory[] to change in a different notebook

This is causing me lots of problems. I found that issuing SetDirectory[NotebookDirectory[]]; in notebook A.nb causes subsequent ...
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NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option [duplicate]

Why NotebookWrite[ EvaluationNotebook[], Cell["ZZ", "Section", WholeCellGroupOpener -> True] ] produces: ...
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How to sort cells?

Is there a way to programmatically reorder the section cells in a notebook alphabetically? For example:
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Notebook style which imitates Latex paper [closed]

I have not experimented with Notebook styles, but from what I understand they can be customized to a wide range of styles. Is there a style which looks like a typical paper written in TeX/LaTeX? My ...
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Collaboration / refererencing in the notebook environment (without Workbench) [closed]

Discussing with my co-authors over the phone, I often find it hard to point out a specific input/line/part of a notebook. (I am not using Workbench) The input numbering "In[1,...]:=" helps but ...
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Display a part of a notebook when MMA has done evaluating it

When you evaluate a notebook, it begins to slide upward and shows you a different part of your code, several cells upstream of the notebook... I was wondering if there is a command that could always ...
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Saving a notebook before a crash [duplicate]

On the MacBook Pro, Command+S saves the notebook. So, every few minutes, Command+S is invaluable. What do other folks do? For example, in TexShop, when I compile my LaTeX code, the file is ...
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Relative paths for portable notebooks in Mathematica

I cannot find how to use relative paths in Mathematica. My directory structure is simple. ...
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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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AutoGeneratedPackage Formatting

If you do Ctrl+Shift+o you open an option inspector. And then you can enable ...
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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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What is the difference between NotebookEvaluate and FrontEndToken

I am wondering what exactly are the differences in using NotebookEvaluate[filename] vs ...
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Edit Notebook options in version 10 [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to this one. I was closing a notebook without saving, Mathematica (10) showed me this dialogue: and I clicked "Save", when I re-opened the notebook I found this ...
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How to recover a notebook? [closed]

I was closing a notebook, luckily Mathematica (10!) asked me if I really wanted to quit without saving, so I saved, but now when I open that notebook this is what I see: Is there a way to recover ...
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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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Programmatically selecting non adjacent Cells

One can of course Ctrl + MouseClick to select 1st and 3rd cell. But how to select non adjacent Cells programmatically? I was looking for neat examples here or in ...
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Consistency between MousePosition and WindowMargins

MousePosition["ScreenAbsolute"] absolute position within the complete screen display WindowMargins specifies the ...
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notebooks not opening in mathematica 10

I`m a guest here, and thought I could just ask you guys. ...
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Possible Mathematica Bug? Blank Screen

I'm a student using Mathematica on a 2012 macbook pro with OS X Yosemite. Mathematica was running fine on my computer for a long time - one day, seemingly randomly, a blank screen started appearing ...
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How can I make a RadioButtonBar that randomizes the choices each time a notebook is opened?

I have the following function for making a RadioButtonBar with randomized choices. The code is ...
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auto save a notebook using init.m

I tried to make mathematica autosave as default, so I put Sjoerd C. de Vries's code ...
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Exporting data from different notebooks to a common file

I am doing some calculations from different notebooks. I need to export the results from all those notebooks in columns of the same file, like a1 b1 c1 a2 b2 c2 a3 b3 c3 . . . where a, b ...
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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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DisplayFormula badly rendered if style is set before writing

If I have to write a display formula, I go to the cell after the text cell I'm currently into, select the DisplayFormula from the Style menu and then write. The ...
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Adapting “Find and Replace” functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills 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 can I export a notebook into multimarkdown?

Mulitmarkdown (.md filetype) is a very nice document format that supports rendering mathematical expressions like latex or mathml, rendering syntax highlighted code blocks for any language, as well as ...
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Set the style of a cell

I know it's possible to programmatically change options on the selection in a notebook. I'd like to create a button that lets me change the style of a cell. It's a style that doesn't have a keyboard ...