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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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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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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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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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 hyperlink some text, one selects the text using the ...
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Hidden parent stylesheet?

Please follow those steps: ...
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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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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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Ways to obtain a BoxObject

Is there any way to get a BoxObject, except with EvaluationBox or ParentBox? So usually one ...
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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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Help with a Mathematica front end touchscreen problem

I really like using my Windows 10 touchscreen to move around in websites, documents, etc. It doesn't work in Mathematica. Can that be fixed by changing a global notebook setting, or is it something ...
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NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option [duplicate]

Why NotebookWrite[ EvaluationNotebook[], Cell["ZZ", "Section", WholeCellGroupOpener -> True] ] produces: ...
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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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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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How can you resize all the images in a notebook section?

I've pasted a large number of photos and they are too big which makes scrolling hard. Is there a way to automatically have Mathematica size them to 10% or something reasonable without have to click on ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Dialog inside dialog not DialogReturn-ing properly

How can I prevent the DialogInput from failing (or returning early) as soon as I close the "Close this" dialog? ...
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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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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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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 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: ...
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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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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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Why does NotebookDelete fail on cells with Copyable set to False? Bug?

Bug introduced in 9.0 or earlier and fixed in 10.3 Consider this: ...
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Details of automatic cell-grouping w.r.t. cell-style

What determines how a specific cell-style influences grouping of cells? For example "Text" following "Subtitle" is grouped but ...
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Extracting text from cells, preserving non-ASCII characters

Consider the following setup, based on this answer by WReach: ...
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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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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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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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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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How to center a graphic in its output cell

Say I have produced a single graphic ouput, perhaps a plot. Instead of displaying left-aligned in the notebook, I would like it to display in the center of the output cell. I would like it to stay ...
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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: ...
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How to highlight the whole selected cell

Is there any way to highlight the whole selected cell? some times if I want to delete a certain cell and if the code is long and cells are without output, it is hard to know which cell that you are ...
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What kind of Mathematica license do i need to create cdf documents for my students and put them on my (academic) page at the university?

I'm an enthusiastic university teacher willing to exploit Mathematica for teaching purposes. I would like to know what kind of Mathematica license would let me: create notebooks and cdf documents to ...
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How to make a notebook that will be window maximized when open?

I use CreateDocument[cells, opts] to create a notebook. When the notebook is open, it has a small default windows size and I need to manually maximize it every ...
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Run entire notebook

I have created a notebook, with functions. The only thing that I want to change in the notebook later is the input file. I therefor want to have a button that runs every input step-by-step so that I ...
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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 determine the hyperlink of a currently opened documentation page programmatically?

Every pages in the documentation has a hyperlink. Here are some examples: ...
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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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Remove CellMargins option from many cells

I have a very old notebook in which many cells had the CellMargins option set manually. What's the easiest way to remove all those manual option settings?
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Evaluate notebook from other notebook

I have a notebook ("notebook 1") which in the beginning sets some parameters, does something depending on their value and saves the result to a file, say: ...
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More structure in Source Code/Notebooks

Mathematica is great for small and quick projects and has a great syntax. However as soon as a project grows I run into trouble. How do you scale and maintain projects in Mathematica? What is beyond ...