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 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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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 to suppress undesirable kerning rules in math inline cells?

Update: (11/29/2012) Looks like Mathematica 9 has the same behavior. The following graphic shows how Mathematica kerns italic characters in an inline math formula cell (first row) where an ...
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Notebook's WindowSize interference with contents' Dynamic ImageSizes

Bug reproduced in: Win7: V9.0.1, V10.0.2, V10.1.0 ...
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Save notebook without including Front End version information

How can a notebook be saved without including the front end version? If you open a .nb file, you'll see something like ...
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Accessing the Options of the parent Cell

From within the Kernel, it is possible to access a Cell's options using CurrentValue. For instance, in a ...
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Keyboard issues with Mathematica 9.0.1 for Linux [closed]

After working for a while with Manipulate function and increasing the number of variables to be manipulated, keyboard stops working properly in the Notebook. It ...
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Esc-esc for special characters and autocomplete in Mathematica 9 [duplicate]

I recently upgraded to Mathematica 9 and have noticed a slightly annoying behavior that I was looking to remedy. In the past I would type special characters, e.g. ...
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How can I export aligned equations to $\LaTeX$?

Using Palettes -> Writing Assistant -> Math Cells, you can enter aligned equations such as: ...
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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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How to avoid spaces between numbers when displaying TagBox(es)

The instruction : DisplayForm[RowBox[List[0,1,Superscript[2,3],Superscript[1,2],a]]] displays a gap between the first two items of the list but if one is ...
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Why can't I change the style of a cell repeatedly?

I ran into this when I was working with an example from the Help Pages of V9. Cells is a new function added in V9. The following appears to work the first time it ...
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How to see the 'source code' of DockedCells? ALT: How to 'show expression' of DockedCell?

Here is a CDF file with the dockedcells toolbar (at the top). I'm trying to see how he created and positioned the logo, the formatting buttons, table of contents, etc, through a source code of it, but ...
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Customizing the Screen Environment

Is it possible to make Mathematica notebooks as stylish as this below with custom backgrounds and predictive text coloring? As shown in the snippet below? And possibly have the option to save 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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How to add more levels to Outline notebooks

The Outline stylesheet only seems to cover 6 levels of depth. Is there any way to increase that? Here's an example. Hitting tab on the last level just indents its content, but doesn't add another ...
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Inlining calculations in a notebook

Context In $\LaTeX$, I can write something like: Thus, we have $x = \sqrt{2}$, ... the $ ... $, as opposed to $$ ... $$, inline the LaTeX symbols. Now, with ...
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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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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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Some way to identify the source of a notebook file?

Is there a way to tell where a Mathematica file came from, meaning some type of machine ID (yes, I know about $MachineID). I want to be able to identify students ...
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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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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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Setting up TextStyle with initialization cells in Mathematica 6+

It used to be quite straightforward to change the default settings of a notebook in terms of inputs, outputs, text styles and font sizes in previous versions of Mathematica using initialization cells ...
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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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When are EvaluationNotebook[] and ButtonNotebook[] different?

I am looking for a concrete code example where EvaluationNotebook[] and ButtonNotebook[] will return different results. The ...
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How to write markdown with Mathematica?

Usually I typeset with Latex and Compute with Mathematica and then copy the outputs as Latex code and insert them in Latex, so I have to switch between Latex and Mathematica frequently. Thanks to the ...
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Can I modify line-break behavior of inline cells?

When I insert an InlineCell into a TextCell that is too long for the whole InlineCell to fit ...
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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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How to select only NotebookObjects that are referring to ordinary notebooks? (not palettes etc.)

There is of course function Notebooks[] But, unfortunatelly it hasn't got useful options in this context. My question is how to pick ...
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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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How Can Notebook Know When it Called by Another Notebook?

I would like a notebook to behave slightly differently depending on whether it is evaluated from another notebook; i.e., ...
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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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Replace content of selected cells, each getting different new content

Let's say I select 2 different cells and then attempt to replace their content using NotebookWrite inside a button. How might I replace each cell's content ...
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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...? ...
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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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Unable to save changes in Option Inspector from one session to another for the Documentation Center

I wanted to change the global option "WindowsSize" to the "large" value using the Option Inspector. It works well for the current session. But then I realize the "Apply" button was greyed and not ...
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How to get the list of notebooks that are automatically opened when Mathematica starts?

How to get the list of notebooks that are automatically opened when Mathematica starts programmatically? I know a tedious approach is opening option inspector and finding and copying the list out.
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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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How to edit a HYPERLINK once created inside a notebook?

When a hyperlink is created in a notebook, there does not seem to be an easy way to actually edit the hyperlink (maybe to correct the URL). To make some text HYPERLINK, one selects the text using the ...
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How to evaluate an input cell automatically after evaluating the previous one

Is there any way to automatically evaluate an input cell after evaluating the previous one without the need to press ENTER?
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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my theretical 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 ...
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How to prevent notebook from moving/reshuffling code around while one is typing?

Is there a way to configure Mathematica so that the code does not move around while one is typing? It is driving me crazy and I can't see what I am typing as the code is being reformatted while ...
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Keyboard shortcut for moving to last edit location/cell

When you have long notebook with hundreds of cells, you sometimes need to scroll/jump manually to your last edited cell. I dind't find any shortcut for doing that. Any ideas?
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Automatic recovery after crash

I want Mathematica to periodically autosave my notebooks to the temp folder. And in case of front-end crash i want to see the dialog after restart with the following choices: recover from autosaved ...
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how to select all cells with specific property such as the ones that are closed

I have to close many cells each time before I export a notebook to HTML since I do not want to display many code cells and other cells. I select each cell one by one, and do ...
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Context “Unique to This Notebook” makes variables black even if they're not defined?

I'm trying to use this technique to keep variables separated between different notebooks. It seems to be working fine, except that variables turn black as soon as they are evaluated — any ideas why ...
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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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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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Is it possible to typeset left and right angle brackets?

I would like to typeset the following in a Mathematica notebook: $$\langle P \rangle$$ Is it possible to typeset left and right angle brackets? In $\LaTeX$, they are given by ...
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Adjusting size and positioning of math notation in a Mathematica notebook? [duplicate]

Writing mathematics in a notebook is OK, but consider the following image: In LaTeX, I can write: $$y^2=\frac{1+2\sin^{-1}x}{2}$$ which displays as: ...