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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Using the Mathematica front-end efficiently for editing notebooks

Background: I have used Vim for 15+ years. There is a certain "one"-ness with the editor one achieves. Emacs users also experience this. Notepad users do not. My current interaction with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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CDF, Player, PlayerPro, or something else?

I have a notebook, which contains a dozen or so custom functions all leading to the production of a simple static report, something like this: I want to distribute this to a single user who will ...
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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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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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When to make (file.nb) instead of (file.cdf)?

I started with File > New > FreeCDF so I can save my work in a format compatible with the CDF Player. I can use Mathematica to make new cells, evaluate input and so in the CDF file. What are the ...
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Building documentation with interactive examples in Wolfram Mathematica

There are interactive examples in the documentation in Wolfram Mathematica. Thus to compile them we just need Shift+Enter. I want to develop such examples for functions from my own package, how can I ...
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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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Graphics copy paste

Background. I have a function ( stored in a package ) that creates 2D graphic images, its prototype looks like this: ...
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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 create a notebook element that can replace itself?

I would like to create a notebook element that can replace itself. Here's an example to illustrate: ...
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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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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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Relative paths for portable notebooks in Mathematica

I cannot find how to use relative paths in Mathematica. My directory structure is simple. ...
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Saving data inside a notebook so that I don't have to run it again?

Piggybacking on this, I am somehow not fully convinced that I can't save data generated by a calculation in a mathematica file so that when I re-launch said file, I wouldn't have to run my ...
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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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NotebookFind and String Pattern Expressions

Is there a way that NotebookFind can be used to match string pattern expressions rather than just strings? The documentation for ...
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Is it possible to embed the Mathematica editor?

Is it possible to embed a Mathematica window into a .NET application? I mean not just the interop, but actually making the notebook editor window part of a .NET form. Is this possible?
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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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A notebook created on demand from a main document showing executable input along with output cells

I would like to make Mathematica documents with hidden calculations, such that they can be visualized on demand. In general it can be done in several forms and I actually use some. I would like to ask ...
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keyboard sequence for Magnify in version 8?

It used to be that you could find a Magnify item in the Format menu of the Mathematica front-end, at the very bottom if I remember correctly. You could get at the item in Windows by a keyboard ...
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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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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 to make an unremovable modal window?

Is there any way to securely stick a notebook window (e.g. a dialog) on screen that it cannot be closed/removed/hidden by any of the standard OS shortcuts, like AltF4 or AltTab under Windows? The ...
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Is it possible to colorize brackets in the notebook editor to see matches more easily?

I've seen that if I click on a square bracket [, I can then use "Check Balance" in the right click menu to see where the matching bracket is. Is there a way to see ...
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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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Annoying display truncation of numerical results

I have a lot of data to inspect. An example of a number in my program is 123.189094 This gets displayed as 123.189 ...
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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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Is it possible to insert an animated image into Mathematica notebook?

I find it very convenient to use Mathematica notebooks to organise the codes + results. I was wondering if it is possible to insert an animated image (say an animated gif) in the middle of a ...
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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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Prevent text from wrapping in a notebook

By default in the Notebook interface the text wraps. Is it possible to prevent this wrapping?
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Programmatically generate packages from notebook files?

Currently, there are two ways I know of to generate a package (.m) file from a notebook file; one is to set the AutoGeneratedPackage option in the Option Inspector, ...
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Saving a notebook without output lines

Is it possible to change the way Mathematica saves so that Out[] lines are never included? I have a .nb file that processes a ...
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How to sort cells in a notebook based on cell tags?

Suppose I have a notebook with cells tagged with both numbers and words with numbers always list first, and some cells without cell tags e.g.: ...
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Pasting $\LaTeX$ into a Mathematica notebook

I have read that $\LaTeX$ source can be directly pasted into a Mathematica notebook. However, I have been unsuccessful in this regard. An example of the errors received are: ...
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Delete the current notebook cell using the keyboard

Is there another way than pressing Ctrl+. until the whole cell is selected and then pressing Del? If this is not built in, can I create some sort of a global macro to do this and bind it to a ...
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Automatically counting the number of lines of code in a set of notebooks

How can I automatically count the number of lines of code "Input" existing inside all the notebook files contained in a specified folder? I know there is the issue of considering or not the automatic ...
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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 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 change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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How to make a parallel auto-generated .m package from Initialization cells?

according to the documentation at ref/InitializationCell, When you first save a notebook that contains initialization cells, you have the option to make a ...
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How do I view initialization (or other invisible) cells in a notebook?

I am looking at someone else's notebook, and when I go to evaluate it, it asks whether I want to evaluate the initialization cells. I would like to look at them first, but "I do not see them here nor ...
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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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Good ways to organize and document collections of mathematica notebooks?

I've now been using Mathematica for about a year, and am starting to get a somewhat unwieldy collection of notebooks. Sometimes I've figured out how to do a particular task in one of them, and want ...
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Knowing when a notebook has changed programmatically

Is there any way I can programatically determine whether a notebook has unsaved edits? Is that asterisk on the right of the notebook name represented in a notebook option or something, like ...
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How to pipe a stream to another notebook?

Can I pipe an OutputStream object created by OpenWrite (or similar) to a notebook instead of a file? I am aware that I can use ...