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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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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Is there a way to separate variables between multiple notebooks?

I often correct homework by checking the calculations in Mathematica. Sometimes you would like to have two solutions open at once. However often defined symbols such as ...
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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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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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How to disable the small pop-up windows when mouse is over a Mathematica command in V10?

In version 10, when the mouse is over a Mathematica command, a small pop-up window comes up that one can click on for help on the command. Is there an option to disable this feature? Screen shot: ...
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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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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 Keep Input Cells Hidden After Evaluating Notebook

I've created a notebook for use in an in-class presentation. There is a fair amount of MMA code, and my students know nothing about MMA nor do they need to. I don't want to distract them with the ...
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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 to write documentation in Wolfram Style?

Rather than craft my own stylesheets for documentation, I'd like to emulate (copy? ape? borrow?) the Wolfram style. Here is a very small example (type this in the help-box, which you get by pressing ...
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Saving my code before cell evaluations: Insurance against front end hanging

I guess my programming working style is not unique. I develop programs one cell at a time, and when I have some confidence about what I did, I put all my mess together refining the code, building up ...
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Programming scripts to create and modify stylesheets: problems with contexts

I am trying to emulate the shift and shift+tab feature in the Outline.nb stylesheet that comes with Mathematica. I added the following code to a private ...
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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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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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How does the built-in debugger decide what to highlight?

How does the built-in debugger decide which definition to highlight in the notebook when Break on messages" is enabled? Here's an example to illustrate what I mean. First, enable the debugger ...
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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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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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Triangle that collapse cells

I'm not very good in English , so is hard to explain but how put the triangle in the left that deploy or collapse a group of cells ?
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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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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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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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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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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 do I create a package from an existing notebook?

I have a notebook containing some functions, for example: f[x_] := 2*x g[x_] := x^2 Now I would like to convert this notebook to a package, ...
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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 ...
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How to write plain Greek in a text cell

If I create a text cell and type some greek text, most of the symbols are italics as if the cell had an Input style. It doesn't happen with latin characters. I recollect that it is impossible to fix ...
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Is there a notebook autosave frequency configuration?

I've had Mathematica crash on me a number of times, and have had to recreate notebook contents from the last save point. I was looking for something in the preferences like an autosave frequency ...
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Is there a way to embed a data set in a notebook?

I have a data set (currently a table in a .csv file). I would like to share this notebook with colleagues either as a notebook, or (even better) as a CDF document. Is there a way to embed the data ...
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Is it possible to create Evaluatable cell which will be automatically overwritten?

Am trying to generate an Evaluatable cell which itself is an output cell which will be overwritten when the original Input cell ...
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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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Programmatically copy code so that all output is commented out

UPDATE: The final palette has a new home here! Please test and provide feedback (usability, suggestions, bugs) A note to the readers and voters: This is intended for community use, so please test the ...
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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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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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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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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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NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option [duplicate]

Why NotebookWrite[ EvaluationNotebook[], Cell["ZZ", "Section", WholeCellGroupOpener -> True] ] produces: ...
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Making large calculation results persistent

Very often, I need to do same calculations under different parameters for comparing the results. Every calculation may generate a large data set; for example, the calculation result of ...
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Keyboard shortcut to evaluate notebook

(If this is entirely trivial, although I couldn't find an answer as much as I searched the archives, I will delete the question.) How could I add a keyboard shortcut to evaluate the entire notebook ...
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Notebook's WindowSize interference with contents' Dynamic ImageSizes

Bug introduced in 8 or earlier and persists through 10.4.0 or later Consider the following MWE: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to find pieces of code responsible for syntax errors?

Especially: How to find the piece of code responsible for a missing parenthesis problem caused by a misplaced SuperScriptBox For last 30 minutes (and I was lucky ...
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Tool to locate bloat in a notebook?

In developing a notebook, I often find I have created a very boated file that takes a long time to save. I would like to slim it down. It is usually the result of graphics and images, but they may be ...
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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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Opening new notebooks with a non-default window size

I'd like to set Mathematica (8.0.4.0) up so it opens new notebooks with the "NaturalColor" stylesheet and with a WindowSize like ...
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my Mathematica has turned orange and not able to find out why

I do not know what happened. But when I rebooted my PC, now Mathematica comes up orange colored. I shut down the PC and tried again, it is still orange. Here is screen shot: I also did a reset. ...