Questions dealing with optional named arguments of Mathematica functions.

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ShowSelection color

The color of a selection is controlled by the operating system. E.g., enter the following code in separate cells. ...
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Pass by reference for an option argument

Pass by reference can be faked by using HoldAll or something similar in the definition of a "Function". But can pass by reference be faked for symbols passed as ...
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Reuse ParametricPlot3D plotting options [duplicate]

I create several ParametricPlot3D's that all should look the same: BoundaryStyle -> Thick, ...
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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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Why are some option values symbols, other strings?

Is there a rationale, beyond historical accident, why some Mathematica option values are strings, while others are symbols? It seems natural that some value spaces, e.g. named color schemes, are so ...
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Is it possible to modify the tick marks in BarChart plot?

I need to specify the length of the tick marks on the x axis in a BarChart plot: ...
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Can we give Mathematica hints for symbolic sums and products?

I have this question at MO and I would like to know if we can give hints to get the symbolic sums and products to come out as $\frac{6}{\pi^{2}}\pm\epsilon$ instead of $0.60792710...$ accurate to ...
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Define a Plot3D function with custom options [duplicate]

I am trying to define a Plot3D function with custom options, following (this previous SE question), but I'm running into a brick wall. I've narrowed the problem to the following 'toy' code: ...
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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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Function with custom Options and modified Options for built-in Symbols

I couldn't find a more descriptive title, but I guess an example will explain my problem. I set up some customized Grid function including some additional ...
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How do I get a list of allowed values for an option?

When using Mathematica how can I get a list of the allowed values of an option? As an example I can use the Options command as follows - ...
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Is there a way to programmatically set global preferences?

Can I set global preferences that are accessible via "Edit"->"Preferences" programmatically from within a notebook? As learned from this question, turning off anti-aliasing can make a huge difference ...
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How can automatic ticks be made “outie”?

By default, FrameTicks stick into the data area in a way that is sometimes uncomfortable. ...
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Evaluation of OptionValue[]

I have a function that takes an OptionsPattern and I want to access several options, say a, and ...
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How to get the real PlotRange using AbsoluteOptions?

The problem in general involves the unreliable behaviour of AbsoluteOptions when option values are implicitly specified (e.g. ...
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Why doesn't Mathematica use uniform criteria for validating Options?

Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 1}, pp -> 0] Gives as expected: Plot::optx: Unknown option pp in Plot[Sin[x],{x,0,1},pp->0]. >> However: ...
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How can this function's options be used in different places? [duplicate]

I wrote this function to make a ListPlot where the points are colored by a third argument. ...
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Quickly look-up usages, options and attributes of symbols

When I'm writing code in the front-end, I find myself very often looking up the list of options of a symbol over and over again in the documentation center. In most cases you find there a list of ...
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How to remove ticks?

I wanted to remove the Ticks in my coding but i can't. Here when i try to remove the Ticks the number also gone. I need numbers ...
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Filling for ListPolarPlot

I want to use Filling for ListPolarPlot in such a way that the points in the list are joined to the origin with a line colored ...
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Solving/Reducing equations in $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$

I was trying to find all the numbers $n$ for which $2^n=n\mod 10^k$ using Mathematica. My first try: Reduce[2^n == n, n, Modulus -> 100] However, I receive ...
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How do I add options to a built in function, which only apply to a certain class of argument?

I'd like to add an option to a built-in function that only applies when it is given an argument of a certain form. For example, something like this approach to extending ...
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How is OptionsPattern[] defined? Can I replicate this?

I am writing several functions which all take similar input parameters (a complicated nested list structure). Is there some way for me to define a pattern that can be used in multiple places and ...
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Pass Options to Export[]

I'm working with Options to change the look and feel of some generated Graphics by passing Options to several functions, one of them being Export[]. For example: ...
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How to grab CellTags from a Cell?

I am in the process of creating a palette for a specialised "Save as HTML". For context please see this. How can I grab the CellTags from a Cell[...] object? This is my first iteration, aka testing ...
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How do I find the value of specific printing options?

I'd like to programmatically save (and then temporarily change and restore) specific printing options. I get as far as Options[Notebook, PrintingOptions] but ...
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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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Determining the default Method used in optimization and root-finding algorithms

Is it possible to extract the Method which is used in functions like NMinimize, FindRoot, ...
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Is there a way to globally set when to treat a very small number as zero?

I understand that I can use Chop to force a very small number to be treated as 0 and can use ...
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How can I define an option “packet” for plots so I can only alter the definition and all plots with that “packet” will change appearance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Consistent Plot Styles across multiple MMA files and data sets So, here's my problem; I have a lot of data that is shown in different plots. I want all the plots to have ...
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NDSolve Convergence test failure and significant effect of DifferenceOrder on eventual results

I am solving a non linear partial differential equation with what I call free boundary conditions (solid mechanicists would know this as simply supported). I realized that this boundary condition ...
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Set Global Maximum Precision

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I've looked around and can't figure it out: How do I set a global maximum precision for a notebook (or in general, globally)? I have a large notebook in ...
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Lines with label in Plot options syntax

I wrote a little function to add lines with labels to plots. It just creates customized {GridLines -> ..., Epilog -> ...} code: ...
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Fixed color scale in multiple density plots

I think there should be a simple solution for my current problem, but neither StackOverflow (or the help of Mathematica) or Google have it. I have to plot multiple density plots with a color ...
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Linear Solve with Modular Arithmetic

I am interested in using LinearSolve[m,b] which will find a solution to the equation $m.x=b$, where I am in mod 2 arithmetic. Is there any way to perform this ...
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EventLocator with LSODA?

Is the EventLocator option not compatible with LSODA on NDSolve. Below is what I tried to do ...
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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 ...
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Manipulating OptionsPatterns[]

How do you combine OptionsPatterns? For example, I would like to have a function that can take both options that I specify, and options for all graphs: ...
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MousePosition Scaling over a cell

I'm trying to have the button follow the mouse while within the output text cell. The scaling does not exactly work as intended (fails to follow mouse correctly). ...
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Problems with setting style options

Consider the following: FirstOutput=Style["Test", FontSize -> 20] SetOptions[Style, FontSize -> 20]; SecondOutput=Style["Test"] I would like the string ...
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Running an initialization cell on Mathematica start up [duplicate]

I am writing a bash script to run a bunch of Mathematica .nb files serially. So I thought I'd convert my Mathematica cells into ...
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Get unevaluated option value?

This is kind of a follow-up to this question. I want to be able to define a function that takes an option, and then, inside the function, retrieve and test the unevaluated value of the option. For ...
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Automatically return output using decimals instead of fractions

I have a mathematica file with an algorithm that feeds another program with data. my problem is that some times (randomly) the output is in fraction instead of decimal. The other program (java) does ...
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Evaluating an If condition to yield True/False

I would like to decide whether an option passed to my custom function has the value Automatic or something else. This is my attempt: ...
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How to preserve clipping when exporting a framed histogram with font embedding?

I work with histograms and would like to export it to EPS format. I've noticed that my exported image loses the PlotRangeClipping option that I set up when I export the plot. This is true for at least ...
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AbsoluteOptions of a Histogram with PlotRange [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mathematica: Retrieving PlotRange from Histogram I would like to evaluate the AbsoluteOptions of one of my ...
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SplineDegree->1 does not work with BezierFunction?

This works (SplineDegree -> 2) ...
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Custom function not returning any output

I'm trying to write a custom function but it isn't returning any output. Here's my code so far: ...
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X label in GraphicsColumn is cut off

I'm trying to use GraphicsColumn to plot two curves with very different ranges. for example, ...
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Passing unquoted strings (poor man's enumeration)

I would like to be able to pass an unquoted string as a parameter to a Mathematica function [that I am writing] and have it show up without evaluation if the string happens to be defined. Thus I would ...