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Re: Inherited Cell Option Values

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  • Subject: [mg35769] Re: [mg35321] Inherited Cell Option Values
  • From: Omega Consulting <omega_consulting at>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 07:22:22 -0400 (EDT)
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At 02:17 AM 7/8/2002, Selwyn Hollis wrote:
>Hello MathGroupers,
>I'm trying to create some ButtonFunctions that modify cell margins. I
>have something that works very well, so long as the CellMargins option
>appears explicity in every cell---as, e.g., in
>Cell["abc","Text", CellMargins->{{10,0},{0,6}}].
>But with something like Cell["abc","Text"] or Cell["abc","Text",
>I'm stuck. The only thing I can think of is to provide the default
>values from the style sheet ``manually."
>Is it possible to determine the value of an inherited cell option? If
>one could somehow force inherited cell options to appear explicitly,
>that would provide a solution. Any ideas?
>Thanks in advance,
>Selwyn Hollis
>slhollis at

You want AbsoluteOptions. For example, in one notebook do the following


And create a text cell which you then select. In another notebook, do

Options[NotebookSelection[nbk], CellMargins]


AbsoluteOptions[NotebookSelection[nbk], CellMargins]


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