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RE: Initialization cell appearance

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  • Subject: [mg74266] RE: [mg74229] Initialization cell appearance
  • From: "David Annetts" <davidannetts at>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 19:15:26 -0500 (EST)
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Hi John,

> Initialization cells in a notebook are identified visually by 
> a little line 
> attached to the cell bracket.   Sometimes this is not enough. 

Especially with some styles that do not display the brackets.

>  Often in 
> large notebooks, I find myself manually formatting the 
> Initialization cells to make them easier to spot (e.g. by 
> changing their background colour to yellow).
> Is there any way to do this automatically ?   I.e., have 
> something like the 
> background colour of an Input cell change when it is marked 
> as an Initialization cell.
> I realise that one could always define a new cell style but I 
> am not entirely sure whether the other features of 
> initialization cells would continue to work.

> In my opinion, it would be good to have this in some of the 
> standard notebook style sheets.
> Thanks for any suggestions,

My suggestion is to define a new style in which you define, after "Show
expression ...", the option


With this done, you should be free to alter bracket thicknesses, colours and
whatever else to your heart's desire.



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