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Customizing interaction, the front end, or other aspects of Mathematica manually or programmatically.

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Unable to save changes in Option Inspector from one session to another for the Documentation Center

I wanted to change the global option "WindowsSize" to the "large" value using the Option Inspector. It works well for the current session. But then I realize the "Apply" button was greyed and not ...
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How can I add shortcut to StyleBox [duplicate]

How can I add shortcut to StyleBox?. We can Ctrl+B to overstrike font. i.e. strong or **strike**. Can I add one new shortcut ...
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Convert Mathematica formula to TeX (MathJax) with color

I would like to customize TeXForm so that it includes color directives in the output. For example, here's a formula generated by ...
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Make all new cells have a specific style as a function of the Mathematica installation

I would like all new Input and Output cells, in fact all new cells including section headers and such, to have a specific stylistic property (...
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Creating a highly customized BarChart

I am trying to create a BarChart visualization for multi-step data filtering. Think of a traditional sales funnel: many leads, fewer prospects, few customers, very ...
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How can autocomplete entries be added for DownValues and Properties?

I'd like to assign DownValues to a symbol like this x["firstvalue"] = 1; x["secondvalue"] = 2; And then have the ...
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Adapting "Find and Replace" functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills in <...
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How can I remove the bottom bar from Mathematica?

There is a bar with a zoom button on it, and it takes too much room. How can I disable it? Appreciate any help! Thank you!
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Behavior of $PreRead in Kernel

I am interested in making a simple accounting style line calculator that allows me to interact with it something like this: ...
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ShowSelection color [closed]

The color of a selection is controlled by the operating system. E.g., enter the following code in separate cells. ...
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Can I customize In[] and Out[] headers?

Can I customize the In[] and Out[] headers? I'd like to add $UserName, ...
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Remap Ctrl+Space?

The Ctrl+Space keyboard shortcut is really important in Mathematica for using Placeholder[] boxes in input templates. Unfortunately, Ctrl+Space occupies the ...
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Aligning Text Using Spaces While Maintaining Pretty Print

To help illustrate my problem, consider the following cell: First thing to notice is that there is syntax highlighting. Second, I can pretty print mathematics; that is, I see $x^2$ instead of ...
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Change "Format type of new input cells" to InputForm

In Preferences -> Evaluation there is a menu to change "Format type of new input cells" and the only options available are: StandardForm, TraditionalForm, and Raw InputForm. Is it possible to set ...
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How to change Mathematica cursor globally? [duplicate]

I usually use my OS with negative colors (to keep my eyes calm...). I had seen a function called MouseAppearence that changes the cursor. I would like configure ...
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How do I place vertical GridLines in front of horizontal ones?

By default horizontal GridLines are placed in front of vertical GridLines: ...
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Embedding a "Details Section Style" within a Section or SubSection

When presenting a technical derivation within a "Section" of a Mathematica notebook, I often encounter the situation where a lot of "details" separate equations <...
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How to rename a built-in function?

I want a built-in function renamed without loss of any properties, I want the shorter name to appear in all results and to be recognized as input. Is it possible?
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Is it possible to customize the Suggestions Bar?

I'd like to be able to customize the Suggestions Bar in v9.0 to provide recommendations of my own. Possible example: when doing unit calculations, I'd like it to suggest converting the answer to ...
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Quick way to invert a fraction

Over the years of using Mathematica, I find myself doing something along the lines of rewriting this: $\frac{[A^-_F]}{[A^-_U] + \frac{[H^+][A^-_U]}{\kappa_1}}$ as this: $\frac{[A^-_U] + \frac{[H^+][...
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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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Select Cells to End of Notebook

I'd like to create a keyboard shortcut that will allow me to select all of the cells from the current cell until the end of the notebook, similar to how ShiftCtrlEnd functions when editing text in ...
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With comma as decimal separator, how do you insert a period in the header/footer?

I have enabled comma as my decimal separator, which means that comma still acts normally and when pressing period it will be converted to a comma. In the header I would like to make a period, so I ...
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How do I reverse the axis in ParametricPlot?

In astronomy, right ascension is usually plotted with positive values that increase from right to left. I have seen discussions of successful and unsuccessful attempts to reverse the order of an axis ...
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How to make certain mathematical characters be written as bold by default?

In a notebook, when writing \[RightVector] over a variable I always end up bolding it to make it more visible. But it'd be easier if it could be set up to bold that ...
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What is the complete sequence of evaluations/transformations from submitting a cell to actual evaluation?

This question is inspired by that one. Reading it, I noticed that while (I think) I know what happens when entering an expression directly to the kernel (i.e. after typing ...
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Is Package development (via InitializationCells) compatible with creating new Notations (via MakeExpressions)?

Can new (lower-level) notations be readily used within package code? There are a few notational additions that might improve my code base but I'm not sure if these will end up being more trouble than ...
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Windows IME Chinese blocking shortcut for ctrl + space

I currently use the Windows IME on Windows Vista to allow myself to type Chinese characters (not in Mathematica), and by default typing CtrlSpace switches between the English keyboard and the Chinese ...
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Extraneous Keyboard Shortcut for ctrl + '^' in Mathematica 8

I would like to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl^ to enter a superscript. I have tried to type this two different ways, and each time i have gotten an undesirable result. According to the file ...
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What is the best way for an application to provide customisation options for the user?

Suppose that an application needs to be configured specifically for a user's system. e.g. the application needs to be told the location of certain data directories. What is the best way to provide ...
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How do I remove the top bar and bottom bar from the Students Mathematica window?

Any idea how to remove the top bar saying "Wolfram Mathematica .... Demonstrations MathWorld Studenforum Help" from the Mathematica main window (see screenshot). It has no use to me and it steals ...
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Is it possible to use custom GUI magnifications?

I am running Mathematica 7 on Windows XP Pro. I often use the magnification feature to zoom in on Plots, ListPlots, and ...
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Mathematica Sec and Csc

How can I prevent Mathematica from using the "old fashioned" functions "Sec" and "Csc"? In Germany these functions are "old fashioned" as they are not taught anymore at school.
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Display Log with desired notation in output

I wish to display logarithms with different bases in the single-term rather than numerator/denominator form during output: ...
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Rebinding keys to define new keyboard shortcuts

I've checked Mathematica → Preferences, and poked around the options on the toolbar. However, I don't see a way to define new keyboard shortcuts in Mathematica. I've used VIM for 10+ years, and I've ...
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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 to display cell groups in documentation pages

I recently introduced my WildCats package in the Meta Thread What third-party packages do you use? and @Szabolcs promptly observed that: "I noticed that there are many cell groups in the documentation ...
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How to add an entirely new menu

Is it possible to add an entirely new menu, say menu "CustomApp" on the fly? For example a CustomApp package could add its own menu "CustomApp" with submenus, ect, once Needed. Former examples I ...
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Best way to add KeyEvents and faster Quit

Many users have asked how to add KeyEvents to speed/improve keyboard input. This is just a random example. The technique is always the same. It requires that you ...
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Customize startup

Is there a way to personalize the startup? I want, for example, that mathematica starts Maximized (not slightly-less-than-maximized as it usually does) with a notebook (also maximized) with a zoom of ...
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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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Is it possible to Print expressions in reverse order?

Let's say I'm debugging a program step by step and want to Print some expressions (using ShowIt, for example). Is there a way to output the result of ...
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How to copy hyperlink addresses using the keyboard

I would like to copy the address of a hyperlink in Mathematica using the keyboard. I found code for copying hyperlink addresses in ContextMenus.tr: ...
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Opening a context menu (with the Menu key)

Is it by any chance possible to make the Menu key work as one would expect in Mathematica: opening a context menu? The Menu key does nothing in version 7 or 8 on Windows.
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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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How do I programmatically add to contextual menus?

To programmatically add to menus you can do as described here: How do I add new menuitems to menus? What can I do to programmatically add to contextual menus? Is something similar to ...
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Customize front end to add notifications when evaluation finishes?

Is it possible to add some customization code to the front end, so that when all cells have finished evaluating, some user code can be run? Background: I'm currently running some Mathematica programs ...
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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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Changing FrontEnd automatic scrolling in version 8

In Mathematica versions < 8, the FrontEnd has a very intelligent behavior: On evaluation, it by default automatically scrolls down the Notebook window to the last printed Output cell but also ...
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How can I change the keyboard shortcut for switching the active window?

The default keyboard shortcut (on Windows at least) for switching focus to the next window is Ctrl+F6, and for switching to the previous windows it's Shift+Ctrl+F6. How can I change this to Ctrl+Tab ...

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