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Re: Notebook Styles

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  • Subject: [mg8737] Re: Notebook Styles
  • From: "P.J. Hinton" <paulh>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 22:28:04 -0400
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
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Derick J.R. Qua wrote:

> Hello... just a quick question from a "3.0" newbie. In Mathematica 2, I used
> to be able to change the default style (font) with which (say) the Input or
> Ouput cells are rendered by simple text editing of the defaults notebook.
> How do I do the same with Mathematica 3.0?  E.g. I want to change "Courier"
> to "Lucida Sans Typewriter" ... Thanks....

A similar approach exists under Mathematica 3.0.  The default notebook
describe has been replaced by a host of "style sheet" notebooks. 
is the one that is used by default.

To change the appearance of the type you describe, do the following:

(1) Click on the menu command sequence Format -> Edit Style Sheet

(2) You'll get a dialog box asking if you want to import a private
    copy of the style sheet to be used only by that notebook or
    if you want to edit the shared style sheet (under Unix systems,
    I don't think regular users have the permission levels to
    edit the shared style sheet, but they can view the styles.
    At the beginning, you'll probably want to just import the
    styles so that you don't louse up the master style sheets.
    If you find a change that you really like, you can export
    this style out as a style sheet of your own (more on that

(3) Click open the FormatType Styles cell group.  Many newbies
    make the mistake of trying to change the styles for 
    Input/Output, but it doesn't work this way.  The reason
    is that the FormatType controls the appearance of 
    BoxData expressions, while the InputOutput affects only
    TextData expressions.  In most cases, what you type into
    Input and Output cells is BoxData.

(4) Select the prototype cell for the Form that you want to change.
    You probably want to change StandardForm.  

(5) Click on the menu sequence Format -> Font -> (choose your font
    here).  The text of the cell should change font.

(6) Double click the cell group shut and close the window.  The
    changes should be reflected in the notebook now.

(7) You can export the style as notebook by bringing up the
    Style Sheet and saving it as a regular notebook.  Once this
    is done, you can place this Style Sheet in a directory
    where Mathematica looks to find Style Sheet notebooks.

    Under Macintosh, one place is 

	System Folder:Preferences:Mathematica:3.0:FrontEnd:StyleSheets

    Under Windows 95, one place is

     	Program Files\Common Files\Mathematica\3.0\FrontEnd\StyleSheets

    Under Windows NT, your preferences may get written to your home

    Under Unix, the place is


Note that in each situation, you'll probably need to create the
directory yourself.  When you start Mathematica again, notebooks you
have placed in this directory will appear on the Format -> Style Sheet

P.J. Hinton	
Mathematica Programming Group           paulh at
Wolfram Research, Inc.        
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.

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