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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Unexpected result when reading Cell with comment-lines by NotebookRead

When considering this question about re-formatting Cell (also this one), I encountered an issue which confuses me. I'll let the code itself speak: Consider the ...
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Sending a command to an already opened frontend

I'm trying to pipe low-level notebook commands to work through terminal and I've tried various ways, but I can't really get to the frontend that's already open. For example Opening a notebook from ...
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Applying Notation rules retroactively to a notebook

Suppose I define a new notation rule like Notation[OverBar[x_] ⟺ mean[x]] If I already have some notebooks that were written using ...
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How to evaluate Modules in a notebook from another notebook?

I would like to create a notebook populated with several modules and be able to evaluate these modules by running a separate notebook. I have attempted several uses of the ...
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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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Creating hyperlinks from a list of file names

Suppose I use FileNames to get a list of file names. I know that it's possible to make a hyperlink using this kind of pattern.... ...
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Maintaining postfix convention for directives in notebooks

It seems to be a fairly common convention to write certain 'meta' functions in postfix form like f[x] // Simplify to keep the the mathematical content at the ...
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Can I customize In[] and Out[] headers?

Can I customize the In[] and Out[] headers? I'd like to add $UserName, ...
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How can I add drop shadows to the text of non-input/output cells?

Inspired by simon woods's wonderful shadow function, I want to add drop shadows to all the text of non-input/output cells in a notebook, something like this: By using simon woods's shadow function, ...
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Modifying a column with a button within the column

I want a column with textcells and a button to add an extra textcell: ...
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Open a Mathematica 9 notebook in Mathematica 8

I have the following question: Can I open a Mathematica 9 notebook in Mathematica 8? Are there compatibility issues?
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How to open/close all collapsed/open cells?

Is there a way to open/close all collapsed/open cells? The reason is for a long notebook, it is convenient to see all the section and subsection headings at once.
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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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Am I using the cell option setting PageBreakWithinGroup->False correctly?

I had expected that this option would prevent a page break occurring within a group of cells of which this cell is the "group leader". In my case it is a "Subsubsection" containing a group of ...
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refer to result of cell above current cell?

% allows to refer to the result of the preceding calculation (preceding in time) but this seems not necessarily to be the cell just above a given cell. How can ...
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Cursor disappears in Mathematica 9.01

When using the template blocks from the Pallets to enter equations, the mouse cursor disappears. It also becomes difficult to set the focus to a block in a template by clicking it. This was also an ...
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Attaching a file to a notebook

Is there a way to attach a file into a notebook and open it later with, for instance, a double click (or another action button)? In Mathematica windows version, the insert menu has the "object..." ...
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Editing the Virtual Book?

It's my understanding that the Virtual Book (of mathematica 9) is in notebook (.nb) format. It appears to be a very polished style of documentation which I want to reuse (parts) of it to create my own ...
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Comment color in a notebook

My requirement: Comments should appear within a notebook in blue and font size 12 and in Courier by default. This should work on not just my machine (by tweaking the preference of MY Mathematica) ...
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Are there suitable versioning systems for Mathematica notebooks?

I am considering a project using Mathematica and openCL. I know that the openCL C source code can be tracked. Has anyone used a versioning site or software so multiple developers can modify a common ...
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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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Dynamic [ NotebookEvaluate [“_”] ]

A nice way to centralize various tasks in one notebook is the NotebookEvaluation function. For instance I can evaluate ten notebooks from a single notebook (e.g. ...
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Load a Mathematica Notebook using .Net code

I have gotten a tremendous amount of information from the question posted at (Load a Mathematica Package via .Net code), which my application is very similar to. Specifically in that thread, the ...
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How to run all command with same name into a notebook

I have a very big notebook with a command repeated a lot of times but with different parameters each time and I want to run all these commands at the same time without having to run separately all of ...
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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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How do I switch between two notebooks in Mathematica 9 interface? [duplicate]

How do I switch between two notebook windows in the Mathematica 9 interface? I would like to use a keyboard shortcut such as Ctrl+Tab or Alt+ Tab as with windows or tabs in programs like Firefox.
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Publishing a Mathematica notebook

I am considering publishing a Mathematica notebook, used for analysis of some data, as a “supporting information” file alongside a research paper. What are the common practices for doing so, and what ...
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Mouse cursor disappears

After working on a notebook for a while sometimes my mouse cursor disappears. I can click on different cells and the text cursor will move accordingly but I just can't see the mouse cursor. Just now ...
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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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Is it possible to modify the options for a particular cell from another cell? [duplicate]

I was wondering if I can toggle the "CellOpen" state from a cell (or bunch of cells) from another cell. i.e. I am imagining having a manipulate command along the lines of: ...
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Changing Default Color for Titles, Sections, Subsections, etc., and Items (bullet color) [duplicate]

I'm new to Mathematica 9, and I assume there must be an easy fix for my problem, but I have not been able to find any yet. Essentially, I want the default color for the text of all of my titles, ...
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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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How to get the time when a notebook is saved and closed

I want to get the time when a notebook is created and the time when the notebook is saved and closed, that is to say, the whole time when a notebook exist. What should I do? Thank you!
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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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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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Collapse a section of a huge function

Is there an elegant way of hiding/collapsing/folding only a portion of a function? If functions could span multiple cells, this would have been straight-forward!
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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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Export all open notebooks and change font size

Is there a simple way to export all open notebooks to pdfs? Also, when I export notebooks the font looks too big / the margins are too big. Can I change these settings when exporting?
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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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Importing and running a notebook [duplicate]

I have a very long .nb file. I want to subdivide the different sections into separate notebooks, then call them in a common nb ...
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how to efficiently jump between sections in a notebook?

I have functions defined in some section of the notebook and some cells where I use these functions maaaaany pages below in the same notebook. If I want to go and change the definition of the function ...
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Open two copies of the same notebook

Is there a way to open one notebook in two (or more) different windows? This can be helpful when working with a long notebook and one wants to edit one part of it while looking at a different part. ...
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Why are fonts in my notebooks grainy after transferring to a new machine? [duplicate]

After transferring Mathematica (and successfully transferring my license) to a new machine (a Retina MacBook Pro) all the fonts in my documents look jagged: How do I get Mathematica to show smooth ...
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How can I change mouse hover behavior for hyperlinks in a notebook?

When I create a Hyperlink to a Youtube video in a text cell the link is colored blue like it would be in a browser. However, the mouse cursor does not change when ...
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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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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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Find a notebook I had open recently

I worked on a notebook a few weeks ago and now I can't find after looking through the most likely directories. The recent list only has 6 items in it, none of them the notebook in question. Is there a ...
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NotebookWrite Cell with Grid

I'd like to NotebookWrite a Cell in StandardForm with a ...
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Old notebook (Version 3) not opening in version 9

I have some old notebook files in version 3 format from the book "Mathematica for Physicists". These files are blank except for the chapter header when opened in Mathematica 9. I have similar ...
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Benefits of using Intellij IDEA as Mathematica IDE? [duplicate]

I use Intellij IDEA for Java programming, but have not really considered it for Mathematica. I saw a video with a Wolfram programmer who was describing it as "essential" for him, but from what I could ...