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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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Is there a way to hide or toggle the visibility of code?

Many of my notebooks have a similar repeating structure, which is very convenient and reliable for my workflow: a chunk of code defining a Manipulate for exploring ...
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Does Mathematica have a built-in date picker?

Does Mathematica have an interactive date input control that lets the user choose a date by browsing to a calendar view and returning the selected date as a date list? For example, something like the ...
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How can I use the Klingon alphabet symbols?

Note: This functionality is presently missing. See: How to add named characters to Mathematica 10? Mathematica apparently supports the Klingon alphabet: ...
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How do I efficiently navigate the command line interface to Mathematica?

I would like to perfom such feats as cycling through previous commands, editing commands in place, etc. My expectation would be a readline-like interface, but this appears to not be the default.
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How can I create an advanced grid interface?

Working on a CDF for report creation, I miss having a nice grid interface, where I would have basic operations like being able to sort a columns by clicking on the columns head (ascending and ...
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Custom OpenerView with lazy evaluation

OpenerView can be nested to create a hierarchical structure such as this: One great aspect is that it remembers which lists are open and which are closed even ...
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Mouse motion heat map - live visualization and analysis

Mouse motion heat map is an great way to study spatial attention distribution, styles of movement, reaction, etc. I am trying to design a code that visualizes such heat map. The requirements: 1) It ...
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Get both output and return code of external program

Run["program"] will run an external program and return the return code. Import["!program", "String"] will run the program and ...
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How to pause a running evaluation (and continue it later)

Is it possible to pause an already running evaluation that takes a lot of time? And then continue it later? I can suspend my computer, but that's not what I want. I would like to use my computer in ...
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C++ interface to large project

We are developing a quite large mathematical software in C++ and would like to have a Mathematica interface. We have our own C++ library and our idea would be, to write a Mathematica wrapper class and ...
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How do you force a decimal output? [duplicate]

I have some very small values such as 2.601519253*10^-8. I'd like to output these values to CSV for another program to work with. I've tried N[value, 50], but Mathematica still insists on producing ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for hiding the suggestion bar?

I see that there's a control I can click to hide or "minimize" version 9.0's "suggestion bar". Is there a keyboard shortcut to do this?
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How can I get a nice progress indicator for video processing when working in a standalone kernel?

When doing video processing, for example exporting an mp4, in the FE, I get a nice progress indicator with various estimates. How can I get one in the standalone kernel?
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Front end typing lag

Under Windows 7 I frequently get serious keyboard lag. My home machine (Windows XP) NEVER lags. I was able to improve things somewhat by running Mathematica as Administrator, but this only went so far....
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Multiple notebooks in Mathematica

While working with multiple notebooks in Mathematica, is there a way to have the names of the files appear along with the minimized window of the file. I mean that sometimes I forget which file was ...
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How is the zoom tooltip in the "Coordinates Tool" implemented?

I notice that the built-in "Coordinates Tool" has a very efficient zoom tooltip displaying an enlarged portion of the image along with coordinates and row/column indices: How to get the ...
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How to anchor a Pane's scroll position to the bottom?

Suppose I have a Pane containing some dynamic text, for example that is being updated by a logging function. ...
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Single-Window-UI not possible? [duplicate]

I'm still very frustrated about the separation of the menubar (File, Edit, Insert, ...) and the open notebooks in different windows. I would prefer to have the menubar directly above each notebook in ...
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Is it possible to create and insert a bivariate colormap into ColorData?

Bivariate colormaps, where the color returned is a function of two values not one, are sometimes used in choropleth maps and are also useful for visualising complex functions where we might want to ...
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Excel-like UI in Mathematica

This is NOT about importing/exporting Excel data to/from Mathematica. This is purely a UI question. The Mathematica notebook interface is very "linear" — I type in an input cell and Mathematica ...
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After editing a file Mathematica 10 interprets [...]^2 as [...(])^2

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.2 or later This is a very weird bug and I don't really know how to reproduce it, so I'll just copy-paste the whole code ...
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How can I customize my menus without reloading MenuSetup.tr?

I want to edit my menus and know I can do this via MenuSetup.tr but can I do this in real time? Can I do it temporarily? Moreover can I change whether the changes ...
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Can one affect the appearance of components of a control?

I'd like to control the appearance of the components of a TabView[] control. Such a control appears constructed of Buttons, <...
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How to bundle JLink with Java application using apache maven

The context: I am planning to visualize some results from my MMA code using D3.js. So I wanted to make a simple REST api using the light weight SparkJava framework. Given my fairly nonexistent ...
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Prevent text from wrapping in a notebook

By default in the Notebook interface the text wraps. Is it possible to prevent this wrapping?
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How can I get Manipulator control elements to appear on one line?

By default Manipulator produced by Manipulate with Appearance -> "Open" option have two ...
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Dialog box that "times out" if the user doesn't respond

I want to ask the user (me) to make a binary choice, but also to give myself only 5 seconds in which to respond. In the absence of a response within 5 seconds, I want my code to close the dialog box ...
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Can one create a custom front-end for Mathematica?

I'd like to create my custom front-end for Mathematica. I know there's a console interface (launched as math), which mostly works great, but it can't really provide ...
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How can we extend the predictive interface so it can suggest new operations? [duplicate]

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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Can you make the new "Choose color scheme" helper larger?

Mathematica 10 has a cool new "color data chooser" feature: My question is: Can you make that window larger? Right now, I can only see 3-4 color schemes at once, even though all 51 gradients would ...
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Why aren't the locators independently enabled/disabled?

I am wondering why the Enabled setting for the first locator (point1) overrides the Enabled setting for the second locator (...
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Connect to USB Serial Converter

(I'm using Windows 7 & Mathematica 10) I have a sensor with RS232 serial interface. The sensor came with a RS232-to-USB converter and corresponding driver & software for data transportation. ...
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Mathematica 12.1 start-up time in Linux extremely slow

I installed Mathematica 12.1 on my Linux machine and the start-up time is extremely slow. I see the Spikey logo and messages like: Initializing Kernel connections ...
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Will (does) Mathematica support the Touch Bar on the Macbook Pro? [closed]

I am considering purchasing a new Macbook Pro sometime this year (2017), perhaps with Touch Bar. Does Wolfram plan to support it? Occurs to me that Mathematica's interactive and predictive notebook-...
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Enter numbers into a an already existing list

How can the user enter specific numbers to a an already existed list using InputField, for example: ...
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Web search browser in Mathematica

How can we build a system to perform web searches (e.g. Google search) in a notebook so that it looks and functions like a normal search interface operating in the browser?
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Is it possible to get the locations and dimensions of all boxes in a StandardForm expression renderation?

I can select all the boxes in a StandardForm rendered expression, like I've selected the left parenthesis in the picture above. Is it possible to get the positions and dimensions of all of these ...
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When calculating, the taskbar icon will not change in Mathematica 12.2

I remember starting in Mathematica11, when calculating the status of the taskbar can indicate the current status Today I upgraded to Mathematica 12.2, I noticed that the taskbar has only one state ...
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SetterBar behavior

Preamble Consider a SetterBar: SetterBar[1, StringRepeat["q", #] & /@ Range@5] That is with vertical layout: ...
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How to create keypress simulation program?

Main Problem I'm trying to create a widely applicable keypress simulation program, but I don't know how to use Java so I can only search for Q&As on the site, which is inefficient. So I want to ...
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What do the elements of the Parallel Kernel Status screen mean?

I just managed to get my multiple kernels up and humming on a new multi-core machine, which I am quite happy about. I am slightly at a loss, though, about the meaning of the different parts of the ...
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Automatic Text Adjustment

Continuing the theme of minor interface annoyances, one of the unique features of Mathematica as a text editor is the automatic adjustment of text location as you type. This could be a bit ...
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Can Button[] generate output without using Print[]?

Button[] beguiles me. A simple example follows: ...
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Can I stop the python interpreter appearing?

I am using version 12.1.1.0 on OS X 10.13. Every so often, a Python interpreter cell appears: I think I am probably summoning it by inadvertently pressing ">" (due to clumsy typing). Or ...
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How to make the Mathematica icon flash in the taskbar?

I have a somewhat long computation running in the background. I would like the Mathematica icon on the taskbar to flash once the computation is done. For example, Microsoft Outlook reminders make the ...
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How to customize the package editor interface?

Is there a way to get rid of the unused space on the left of the package editor? What is it's purpose if I configured Mathematica to not show In and ...
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How can I create a REPL for Mathematica in Sublime Text

I would like to be able to interact with Mathematica command line interface from within Sublime Text. Sublime Text has a package called Sublime REPL that provides an interface for different ...
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Mimicking Console and Output Matlab/Rstudio-Style Environment in Mathematica?

I am trying to crudely approximate the RStudio or Matlab Workspace environment in Mathematica by having a specific notebook function as the "console notebook" where I execute commands and another ...
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Can I get rid of the "learning bar"? [duplicate]

I just purchased a home edition of Mathematica 10, and there seems to be a toolbar that I can't get rid of. It is kind of annoying and distracting. I couldn't find the option in the preference panel. ...
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