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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Can Mathematica check spelling during typing?

I can't see a way to get Mathematica to check my spelling as I type. Is this feature not supported? I've done everything I can think of with my options: Is there a setting I'm missing?
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Searching Notebooks for String Patterns using Workbench v2

The Workbench webpage describing new features in version 2 lists the ability to "Search notebook documents with the Mathematica pattern search utility" under the heading Mathematica Front End ...
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Rearrange cells without cut-paste

When working in a Mathematica notebook, I often want to reorder cells. Most of the time, I am adding cells at the bottom of the notebook, until I realize it may be better to insert this calculation at ...
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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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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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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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In Grid and using Frame, how can I only frame the header cells?

Suppose that I use Grid to display a table tab. I did the following, which frames all cells: ...
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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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Subscripts in programatically generated section headers

Consider the following command: TextCell["\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(H\), \(2\)]\)", "Section"] How can I display the string as section header and get the DisplayForm? ...
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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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Use different kernels for different Notebooks

I know that the command LaunchKernels[] starts up four kernels on my machine: ...
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Want actual cell data from CellEvaluationFunction

Let's say I print a cell like so. CellPrint@Cell[ BoxData[" "], "Input", Evaluatable -> True, CellEvaluationFunction -> Function[Print[#];] ] Now I ...
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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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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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how to open Hyperlinked files by default software?

Non-Mathematica formats, e.g. .doc or .txt files, are directly shown in a new notebook when I click on a hyperlink pointing at these objects. But I would rather have (for example) .doc files opened ...
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How to edit the text coming together with the numeration of pages in pdf produced out of a notebook?

I am writing a text that I am going to publish on-line. When I transform it from the notebook into the pdf format I get the numeration style typical for Mathematica: I would like to edit the text ...
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How to specify a StyleSheet of a newly programmatically-created notebook?

I would like to make a button that opens a notebook upon pressing. The point is that I would like the notebook to be made according to a specified StyleSheet. To be more specific, here is a simple ...
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Conditional printed output [duplicate]

I would like to use a Mathematica notebook as a printable document with conditional output. If the condition is true, some parts of the notebook should be printed; otherwise they should not be ...
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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 keep track of notebook dimensions

I want to create a cell that will resize automatically if the notebook is resized. I was hoping to find some function called NotebookDimensions[], and use it dynamically.
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Handling of non-file URI

According to the manual, Hyperlink “represents a hyperlink that jumps to the specified URI when clicked”. OneNote produces hyperlinks that begin with onenote://. In Mathematica, creating a hyperlink ...
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Include Headers on first page

I know it is possible to check the box "Include headers on first page" in the "Headers and Footers" dialog box of the Print Settings menu item, but is it also possible to check this using commands in ...
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How to extract input part of a notebook?

For example, how to make Mathematica display only the lines beginning with In[some number]? ...
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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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Page breaks appearing as thick line on actual print-out

I'm using Insert->Page Break to do just that, but thick black lines are appearing on the actual printed copy wherever I indicated a break. Can this be turned off?
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Mathematica 8 and window names for modified files

I do not know if this is particular to Mac OS, but with version 8, the window name of a notebook no longer changes (with an appended *) when it is modified, as it used to do with version 7 (as well as ...
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how to load everything when opening a saved notebook

generally, when I carry over work in a notebook from the previous day, I have to physically start from the top and re-evaluate every statement before I can begin from where i left off. Is there any ...
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Automatically dealing with “disable dynamic updating”

I'm programmatically creating notebooks containing dynamic content. When a new notebook is being created, a window pops up: I then manually click on "Continue" and it will create the notebook. The ...
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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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Deleting Print results

While playing around with $Pre and $Post I created this very annoying piece of code: ...
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How can Magnify be forced to ignore the notebook's window width?

In a new notebook, I can illustrate how the action of Magnify is cut off by the window width: ...
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How to copy groups of cells with NotebookWrite?

I'm trying to use: NotebookWrite[nb, NotebookRead[EvaluationNotebook[]]; to copy cells from the EvaluationNotebook[] to a new ...
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Disable and Enable Hyperlinks Graphics

I have a Graphics element which I edit with Drawing Tools. I have determined a technique using NotebookWrite to add ...
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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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automatically add Global` to $ContextPath for all notebooks when using CellContext->Notebook

I have some definitions in my init.m. E.g. my init.m contains this: ...
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NotebookWrite an expression

I'm trying to write a notebook from the kernel, so using one list of elements in one document, I'd like to create a second document with some interactions between the elements of the list. For that, ...
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Preventing notebook cells from being broken across two pages when printing

Sometimes I create a number of plots together, e.g. by GraphicsGrid[]. If it happens that I have to print the notebook, very often the cell is broken, half on one ...
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Mouse cursor very slight difference

Mathematica uses a very thin, translucent cursor in Input style cells. But in text style cells Mathematica uses a cursor theme from Windows. How do I make the cursor visible as normal? photos of ...
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Is it possible to enclose code into collapsible/expandable regions? [duplicate]

In some programming languages (e.g. C#, Visual Basic) there are language constructs that have no effect on the execution of code whatsoever, but exist solely to allow grouping fragments of code into ...
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Ugly font rendering (ubuntu 12, overrides system settings)

Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12 renders fonts very poorly. Text is readable, but it makes it very hard to concentrate on programming. Since smoothing on Ubuntu on low DPI screens isn't very good either, ...
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Make all new cells have a specific style as a function of the Mathematica installation

I would like all new input and output cells, in fact all new cells including section headers and such, to have a specific stylistic property (...
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Manipulate (Linux version of Mathematica)

I'm runnning Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 11.10. After installing CDF player I still have problem (most of time) with Manipulate. Only way I'm able to change value of a ...
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Notebook function formatting

I've recently started a course in which I am learning how to solve different problems using Mathematica. A large part of the course covers creating your own functions. The thing is I don't like how my ...
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Sometimes notation gets auto-converted from traditional to raw input and won't convert back

For example, I'm typing this: When upon hitting the last character it gets converted to: And trying to Convert To TraditionalForm has no effect. This glitch has happened a few times and on ...
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Option to change cursor/caret shape

While editing on a Mathematica notebook, I often find myself needing to do something else outside of Mathematica for a few hours. After finishing such outside tasks, I resume to work on the notebook. ...
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How do I direct output to a specific notebook or cell? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to pipe a stream to another notebook? Is there any way to create a stream so that all output to the stream (from Write or ...
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Is there a way to “lock” some cells in a notebook?

Is there a way to "lock" some cells in a notebook so they can't be edited? It's usually input cell that's documenting some functionality. I'd like other readers of the notebook to be able to execute ...
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Making data persistent, as in xmgrace

I've been using xmgrace for quite a long time as my favorite solution for scientific data manipulation and plotting. These data often come from home-made fortran programs, in the form of, e.g., a ...
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Creating a “Live” Index Notebook --to load other Notebooks

I am new here, so let me know if this question is inappropriate. I've been stuck for many hours on this puzzle. I know it should be easy, but for me...? I want to create a Notebook (call it "Index ...
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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 ...