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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Background color of Code cell lost when convert a notebook file to pdf

Well, I have a notebook with the built-in stylesheet Preprint, which I'd like to convert it to pdf. Everything works well except for the code cells(I use the shortcut key alt+8 to create cells of code ...
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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 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 ...
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Does an equivalent of marks in vim exist for navigating notebooks quickly? [duplicate]

Is it possible in the Mathematica front-end to associate a keyboard shortcut with a cursor location in the notebook (kind of like marks in vim) so that one can return to them quickly later? (Just ...
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Controlling preferences of deployed notebooks

The following screenshot shows a toy example to illustrate what I want to accomplish: The above mimics the structure a type of notebook that I want to deploy for both Mathematica and PlayerPro ...
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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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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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Copy last/second last (etc.) input from history into current cell

I like to use terminals (e.g. gnome-terminal) where you can use the up key to copy the last command into the current input 'field'. For example, to repeat the last ...
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Entering Sum in traditional form

The documentation for Sum says that it is possible to replace Sum by EscsumEsc. The limits ($i_\max$ and $i_\min$) should be ...
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How can I add a background to a stylesheet?

In version 9 we can set the background to an image, however I'd like to save this into a stylesheet that can be installed.
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Cell background color changes cell layout

When I change the background color of a cell like in the colored cells become slightly indented and their line spacing is increased. How can I change the cell background color while keeping the ...
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How to programatically save a notebook created by CreateDocument

I've already written code that generates about 20 notebooks using "CreateDocument" and I was wondering if there exists a method to automatically save them. Is there an easy way to create a notebook ...
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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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Saving a notebook as a $\LaTeX$ file, with syntax highlighting preserved

How can I save a notebook as a $\LaTeX$ file, while preserving the syntax highlighting (such as input/output boxes)?
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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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How would I improve this Karaoke machine code?

I was looking at a large collection of Import/Export user suggestions the other day and it dawned on me that we finally have MIDI import in Mathematica 9, which is rather interesting since MIDI ...
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Exclude Sections/Subsections/… from evaluation

I'm working on a large notebook and I want to exclude some sections and subsections from being evaluated when I evaluate the whole notebook. Is there a way to exclude specific sections or ...
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Cell output controlled by CellFrameLabel Checkbox?

The following generates a Cell that returns the state of the checkbox when evaluated: ...
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Embedding Mathematica Console into a Java/.NET Application [duplicate]

I enjoy using Mathematica's notebook interfaces, but more specifically the autocompletion in each notebook. I'm in need of a way to put tons of Mathematica windows on the same page. It would be an ...
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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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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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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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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 ...