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How can one find undocumented options or option values in Mathematica?

Mathematica has a lot of undocumented or poorly documented options. How does one go about working out if there is an undocumented option that might solve a particular problem? How does one work out ...
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What are some useful, undocumented Mathematica functions?

There have already been some questions about some undocumented functionality in Mathematica. Such as (please add to these lists!) How can one find undocumented options or option values in ...
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Internal`Bag inside Compile

Since Internal`Bag, Internal`StuffBag and Internal`BagPart can be compiled down, it is a ...
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How can I manipulate TemporalData?

Version 9 introduced TemporalData but, truth be told, the documentation doesn't suggest that one can do much with it. Many of us have probably assumed we'd be ...
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Items known by CurrentValue

CurrentValue can be used to poll the state of numerous system values such as the mouse position. Its help page doesn't list all possible items, though. An item like ...
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Any ideas on how to use the Region` context?

If you type ?Region`* you'll get: which seems a bunch of interesting and not documented symbols. Any idea (or experience) on how to use them? Edit By ...
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Undocumented form for FilledCurve[]

New in Mathematica 8 is FilledCurve (and its cousin JoinedCurve). The docs state that this function can take a list of segments ...
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Question about collections of custom GUI controls for Mathematica

Background: I have only recently begun programming GUIs in Mathematica, so I have a continuous need for custom controls. I needed a scrollable list control and with the help of Google I found a ...
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Is using undocumented functionality a Bad Idea™?

Mathematica has a lot of very useful undocumented features. For example a hash table, a built-in list of compilable functions, additional options to CurrentValue, ...
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What does Internal`InheritedBlock do?

What does the function Internal`InheritedBlock do? How is it different from the regular Block?
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How do I find all the possible events that work with EventHandler?

The EventHandler documentation, More Information section, lists 5 mouse events: ...
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Does Mathematica support variable frame rate for any video format, in analogue of GIF-style “DisplayDurations”?

The good old GIF animation format allows us to set the duration of each individual frame in the animation separately. This is especially useful if some frames in ...
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Undocumented form for Extract

Prompted by a comments conversation here, here's an interesting (and often performance enhancing) use of Extract: ...
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How to write beveled fractions?

How to write beveled fractions like ${}^a/_b$? In contrast to $\frac{a}{b}$ and $a/b$ (see this question).
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Undocumented use of Integrate: Integrating over regions

I have come across a few questions asking about integrating over regions. And while the answers are impressive there should be a better more consistent way. So my question is, are there ways, ...
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What does “EquationalLogic`FindCounterexample[]” do?

I found the undocumented EquationalLogic`FindCounterexample[] by browsing the lists of available symbols, but I have no clue about its purpose. The name is ...
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What does ImageSize -> 1 -> 1 mean?

On the page http://www.wolfram.com/language/gallery/blur-faces-in-an-image/ the example code has ImageSize -> 1 -> 1. I am unfamiliar with this chaining of ...
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What is the meaning of the last argument passed to the ColorFunction of a ParametricPlot3D?

According to the docs, the meaning of the arguments passed to ParametricPlot3D is $x, y, z, u, v$. This is 5 arguments: the Cartesian coordinates and the two ...
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The second argument of Signature

I've noticed that Signature can have an undocumented second argument. What does it do? Signature[{1,2,3,4}, ?]
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Undocumented syntax of FilledCurve [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Undocumented form for FilledCurve[] A nice trick to get the outline paths of letters is to use the PDF exporter/importer ...
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In InputField, how to prevent Shift-Return from generating a new cell?

When running the following in a notebook (not a deployed CDF file), it can sometimes be annoying that accidentally pressing Shift-Return breaks out of the user ...
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Internal “Periodical” functions in version 7

In version 7 there exist these Internal` context functions: ?Internal`*Periodical* ...
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What are all the named Mathematica styles?

This question came to mind because of this answer to a recent question. Under Style, the Mathematica Documentation Center says the following about named styles. A few common named styles ...
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Bags and non-standard evaluation

What can internally be happening here? Is the evaluator just messing with us and going non-standard because it's a Bag? Or am I just not seeing how something like ...
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Is there a method to enumerate the keys/values of System`Utilities`HashTable

Lacking from the simple API of System`Utilities`HashTable is a method to enumerate the keys/values. ...
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How to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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Graphics`Mesh`FindIntersections[ ] fails to detect intersections

Graphics`Mesh`FindIntersections[ ] is an undocumented function for, well, detecting intersections very efficiently. Take a look: ...
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Is there a “GrabHand” and “OpenHand” MouseAppearance in Mathematica?

MouseAppearance[Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 5}], "LinkHand"] Unfortunately I cannot get a screen grab to show the link hand but it is a cartoon hand with a finger ...
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Is there a way to have a Tooltip for non-editable raster graphics produced by MakeBoxes?

I have a function which produces a large object I would like to hide. Formatting is of course an option but I'm hoping for something a little more meaningful using raster graphics and ...
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What is the complete list of valid FrontEnd Packet types?

In response to my question How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression? John Fultz answered with a method using the hilariously named ...
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Behavior of Reduce with variables as domain

When using Reduce, I accidentally put a set of variables as the domain. To my surprise, it not only seems that Reduce expects ...
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What are \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and \[InvisiblePostfixScriptBase]?

In the non-printing characters documentation, I see two named characters that are largely undocumented: \[InvisiblePrefixScriptBase] and ...
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TableView displays negative numbers incorrectly

I'm trying to substitute TableForm with TableView because TableView is more handy with big data . But on my Mathematica 9.0.1 (ubuntu 14.04_64bit) there is a problem with negative numbers: ...
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How can we extend the predictive interface so it can suggest new operations?

Introduction Mathematica 9 has introduced a new predictive interface. For each output, it suggest possible actions the user might want to take. How can this interface be extended so that it will ...
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What Method options does FindInstance accept?

While answering Trouble getting FindInstance to return multiple results for certain constraints it became clear that for this problem FindInstance would be better ...
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How to use Undocumented Functions Prism, Tetrahedron and Hexahedron

Taking a look at this question and this one, I checked to see if Mathematica really does not have a Prism primitive. To my surprise the function ...
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Strange behaviour of Internal`InheritedBlock

I was going to post an answer for fast way to replace all zeros in the matrix. I was even quite happy because timings were the same order of magnitude as others. The idea was to overwrite ...
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Documentation for user-defined functions; undocumented documentation feature?

I stumbled on some strange behaviour when trying out the new function template and documentation features, now purportedly working in v 9.0.1. I defined a function ...
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Finding hidden treasure (aka finding undocumented functions) [duplicate]

I was searching for a way to determine if a point is within a polygon and stumbled upon rm -rf's answer. (actually, I really wanted to find a point within a ...
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TeXToBoxes and BoxesToTeX BoxRules options

A recent question has gotten me to look more into the tex conversion rules. Consider the following latex string: ...
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Parameters for the CIE XYZ Color Space in Mathematica

In Mathematica, producing a color based on its RGB parameters is easy; one can use (for example) ...
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SparseArray internal structure [duplicate]

According to the documentation: SparseArray is treated as a raw object by functions like AtomQ and for purposes of pattern ...
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What's the simplest way to plot an ErrorListPlot with only y error bars?

Sometimes I get really tired of Preparing data for making an ErrorListPlot using Thread and friends. Is there a simpler way to plot an ErrorListPlot with only y ...
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Undocumented WolframLibraryData::evaluateExpression

It seem there's this promising function in the callback object provided to MathLink C functions: ...
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A Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] peculiarity

I have been unable to explain the behavior of Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] on the following (highly simplified) example: ...
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“ClosingActions” option for FrontEnd`AttachCell

I'm looking to find the possible values for the ClosingActions options FrontEndAttachCell. I have found ...
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Workaround for Import not supporting the \leqslant TeX macro

$\{A\leqslant x\leqslant B\}$ Copy the code into Notebook, and you'll lose the less sign, this can be rendered well in ...
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How to get a list of available appearance/styles?

This is a basic question but I haven't found any answer yet :/ Available appearances for Button[] are mentioned in Help, those ...
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Specifying a graphics object for the width of a median marker

In a previously posted question VLC used the element specification {"MedianMarker", filledCircle[10], Black} in a box and whisker chart, where ...
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Syntax for FrontEnd`SelectionSetStyle

I know FrontEnd`SelectionSetStyle is undocumented, but its name suggests it does what I need. What is its syntax? I have already tried several variations of the ...