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Mathematica System Setup

Mathematica allows convenient discovery and customization of all aspects of its system setup.

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System Information »

SystemInformation information about your Mathematica and computer system

$Version ▪ $System ▪ $MachineName ▪ $UserName ▪ ...

System Customization

File ► Install install files into your Mathematica file layout

init.m initialization files

$Path list of directories to search for files

$UserBaseDirectory, $BaseDirectory default locations for additional files

SetOptions set options for the front end, kernel, and individual functions

Remote Kernels

Evaluation ► Kernel Configuration Options configure kernels

Evaluation ► Notebook's Kernel choose a kernel to connect to

Evaluator specify which kernel to use for a cell, button, etc.

Parallel Computing »

LaunchKernels ▪ $ProcessorCount ▪ ...

Locale & Internationalization »

$TimeZone ▪ $CharacterEncoding ▪ $Language ▪ $DateStringFormat ▪ ...

System & License Management »

$LicenseID ▪ $MachineID ▪ $LicenseServer ▪ $ProcessID ▪ ...

Session Customization »

$Post ▪ $Path ▪ $RecursionLimit ▪ $HistoryLength ▪ ...