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Re: Initialization cell appearance

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  • Subject: [mg74288] Re: Initialization cell appearance
  • From: Albert <awnl at>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 02:04:28 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <etb5c3$k2f$> <etcoj8$9ub$>


> this is the way to go. It works, I am using this all the time. Just make 
> a copy of your favourit StyleSheet, in that make a copy of the 
> InputCell-Style and change it to be an Initialization Cell. Depending on 
> where you put the new definition in your StyleSheet, you can even switch 
> between this new style and a regular InputCell...
here the last part of the sentence was missing:
... with a Alt-<N>, N=0...9 keyboard shortcut

to let this message contain some more useful information here is a piece 
of code that shows how you could automate the process if you don't like 
the StyleSheet-solution:

(* this just creates a new notebook to test the following code, in your 
real application you want to set nb to the notebook object you want to 
alter ... *)
nb = NotebookPut[
Notebook[{Cell["1+1", "Input"], Cell["2+2", "Input",
       InitializationCell -> True]}]

(* here comes the code: select each cell of the notebook, check whether 
it is an InitializationCell and change the background. The else part of 
the if would reset the background to the stylesheet default if it is not 
an initialization cell anymore. Of course there are plenty of 
possibilities to do this better, just adopt it to your needs... *)

SelectionMove[nb, Before, Notebook];
SelectionMove[nb, Next, Cell];
select = NotebookRead[nb];
While[select =!= {},
   isinit = AbsoluteOptions[NotebookSelection[nb],InitializationCell];
    SetOptions[NotebookSelection[nb], Background -> Yellow],
    SetOptions[NotebookSelection[nb], Background -> Automatic]
   SelectionMove[nb, Next, Cell];
   select = NotebookRead[nb]



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