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 the banner in the Home Edition be removed?

The Mathematica Home Edition shows a banner at the top of every notebook: Is there a way to (permanently) get rid of it, without violating the EULA? Edit Yesterday, I sent this message to WRI ...
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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 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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Programmatically writing to a notebook in TraditionalForm

I'm trying to get a Cell to appear in TraditionalForm when using NotebookWrite. Here is the closest I can get: ...
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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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Deleting Print results

While playing around with $Pre and $Post I created this very annoying piece of code: ...
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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 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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Problems with images caused by which stylesheet is used

Update This looks now like it was a bug in Mathematica version 8, because everything works as expected - at least for this minimal example - in version 9. (As an aside, I couldn't seem to find ...
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How to copy code out of notebook to an external text editor without extra line feeds being added?

I am simply trying to copy code from a cell (input cell) in a notebook, to paste the code into a plain text editor, and not have some lines wrap in the middle. I need to copy the code, as is, to a ...
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What Cell Option Controls Group Indentation?

I am working on a stylesheet for a handout I am making and I want to make my own "definition" box format. So I use the "Format"->"Edit Stylesheet" menu option and get the stylesheet inspector. I then ...
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How do I get the equivalent of the $\LaTeX$ \tag{} in Mathematica?

How do I get the equivalent of the $\LaTeX$ \tag{} in Mathematica? $a+b=x \tag{1}$ I'm not necessarily asking how to use the $\LaTeX$ \tag{} itself in ...
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Export notebook file without launching front-end

I am using a Mathematica script to programmatically generate a Mathematica notebook. The script generates a Notebook expression and then uses ...
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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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Move selection to next Output and export to CDF

In my quest to a custom "Save as HTML" (please see context here) I am now able to iterate through the notebook, grab Input cells decorated with a CellTag that, by convention, is going to be a file ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I type left (sub)superscript?

I want to type in my variable next to its plot and I'm typing the text in using Inset. However my variable has superscripts to the left. Say it looks like this: $ ...
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Embed a Microsoft RichEdit 8 control in a Mathematica notebook using .NETLink?

Does anyone know whether or not it's possible to embed a RichEdit 8 control within a Mathematica Notebook using .NETLink? The goal here would be able to both view and edit mathematical text typeset ...
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How do I make Mathematica copy a cell after I re-evaluate it?

When I edit a cell in the notebook and re-evaluate it, it "overwrites" the input and the output of the previous edit. I want it to copy my edited version to the bottom or something and give me a ...
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How can I set an image to be the Notebook's background?

Is it possible to set a notebook's background to a nonscrolling image?
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How to place an image inside a notebook, with the minimum memory footprint?

When creating a notebook with images, like photos, the file tends to quickly get big, which makes it difficult to use the notebook format for training material containing a lot of images. Are there ...
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Quickly display a color graphically

When manipulating colors, the output is shown as a textual expression like Hue[1/5], RGBColor[2/3, 1, 1/3], ...
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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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How to export notebook in colored PDF form [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Saving a notebook as PDF, preserving syntax highlighting I would like to export my notebook code in a colored PDF form. What I do is select the brace in the right side ...
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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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Typeset unbalanced brackets

In LaTeX, you can typeset expressions containing unbalanced brackets, by balancing them with an invisible delimiter \left. or ...
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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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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 default magnification for all windows

This is certainly a newbie question but I could not find the answer by searching. I am using Mathematica 8 under Windows 7. I want to use default magnification of 150% for all notebooks and help ...
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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 can I access a variable in one evaluator from another evaluator?

I have two notebooks, each with a different kernel. Is there a way to grab the value of a variable in KernelA from KernelB?
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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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How to create a dynamically self-updating table of content for a notebook? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Generating a table of contents How to create a dynamically self-updating table of content for a notebook? The TOC should contain the titles for the section, subsection, ...
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Reading Early Version Notebooks

I have some very old Mathematica notebooks file (.m) files from Version 2. When I try to open them using Mathematica 8.0 (on a Linux system) Mathematica instantly shuts down (no error message - just ...
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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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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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How do I automatically evaluate a cell when a notebook is opened?

I'm trying to put together a GUI in Mathematica and need to evaluate one cell to kick that off. Is there a way to automatically evaluate that cell when the notebook is opened? Here is an example of ...
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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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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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How to make certain mathematical characters be written as bold by default

In a notebook, when writing \[RightVector] over a variable I always end up bolding it to make it more visible. But it'd be easier if it could be set up to bold that ...
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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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Substituting confidential tagged cells by a “content removed” cell

When producing a notebook with both code and text, I often end up with pieces of code, or even entire chapters, that I don't want to be shown on the final output. I generally hide or close them by ...
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“automated” image embedding app

Based on the following image attach procedure, can a Dynamic app be developed that: at start, only shows a small import button once clicked, opens a choose image ...
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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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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 delete cells with error messages?

I'm new to Mathematica and am unfamiliar with the notebook interface. I haven't been able to delete cells with error messages. For example, when I try to ask Mathematica to compute something, it ...
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Determine page count programmatically [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Generating a table of contents By selecting File > Printing Settings > Headers and Footers from the menu, I am able to enter << Total Pages >> to print the total ...
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Importing RSS to Notebook: How to get images instead of long ugly links?

This question on importing news headlines via a RSS feed reminded me of an old question I've been meaning to ask. Past attempts at finding a use for Mathematica's RSS to Notebook capabilities were ...
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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 ...