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Where Style Sheets are located

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  • Subject: [mg68923] Where Style Sheets are located
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 07:15:56 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I recently inquired

>     Where do the standard style sheets in the 
>     Format >> Style Sheet  menu hide?

and a helpful email correspondent replied:

>     In the SystemFiles\FrontEnd\StyleSheets 
>     subfolder of the installation folder.

which turns out to be true, at least on my Mac.  But I'd just note the 
following comments FWTW:

*  Mathematica on the Mac is installed as a "package", which I guess is 
an effective and useful way to, well, "package up" an app and all its 
files in a single closed container.

*  This package can be opened in the Finder and its contents examined 
and even messed with using some slightly arcane (and, to the novice, 
perhaps rather intimidating) tools; and doing this indeed reveals the 
subfolder full of style sheets as mentioned above.

*  But, on Mac OS 10.3.9 at least, the basic "Find" function in the 
Finder will *not* find the contents of this subfolder, even if you 
extend the search to "Visible and invisible files".  You can't search 
for and find "ArticleClassic.nb" for example.

*  Worse yet, when I search in this way for "Default.nb" I get 4 or 5 
hits spread around in other Mathematica-related folders on my HD, none 
of which are *the* Default.nb that's inside the Mathematica package (which I 
presume is the functional one that's actually used when Mathematica is 

In other words, not a totally helpful setup . . . 

[And by the way, is it "style sheet" or "stylesheet"?  Note that 
Mathematica itself uses *both* forms at different points in its naming 
and documentation -- which doesn't make searches for information on 
style sheets/stylesheets any easier.]


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