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RE: Adding a new style environment

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  • Subject: [mg25819] RE: [mg25792] Adding a new style environment
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2000 01:41:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


On my Version 4 Windows 98 system each notebook has a pull down menu item on
the bottom of the window frame where the notebook items can be enlarged. You
can go up to 300% which might be adequate. One advantage of this method is
that it also enlarges the graphics and graphics text.

Otherwise, you could create a new style and give it a name such as
LargeDefault.nb. To do that:

1) Open a new notebook and type some items into it.
2) Choose Format/Edit StyleSheet from the menu.
3) Import a Private Style Sheet (which you will later save as
4) In the StyleDefinitions notebook that should appear, open the Notebook
Options group and select the Notebook cell bracket.
5) Use Shift-Ctrl-E to display the underlying cell expression. (You could
also use ShowExpression under Format in the menu.)
6) Add FontSize->40 (or whatever size you want) as a last option in the cell
7) Use Shift-Ctrl-E again to close up the cell. The regular notebook should
now have the much larger type.
8) Once you are satisfied with the type size, save the StyleDefinition
notebook in the Configuration/FrontEnd/StyleSheet directory with the name
LargeDefault.nb. It will automatically appear in your list of styles.

One problem with this solution is that it does not change the graphics text.
You could change that by putting

$TextStyle = {FontFamily -> "Courier", FontWeight -> "Bold", FontSize ->

in the Initialization of the notebook.

David Park
djmp at

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Johnson [mailto:cjohnson at]
To: mathgroup at
> I have a person who is vision impaired in my unit and I would like to
> create special style sheets with big fonts.  I know how to edit the
> working and printing environment of already defined styles, but how can I
> add a "big font" environment to an existing style sheet?
> I know this can be done because some style sheets have a "condensed" style
> while others don't.  I would like to add to all the default style
> sheets a new feature so I can work in the Working/Printing environment,
> and then easily select the big fonts for printing or on-screen display
> when we are working together.
> I couldn't find this in the help files, any gurus out there who may know
> the secret?
> Thanks for your help,
> Chris

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