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Re: Re: Re: 6.0 not seeing style sheets in $InstallationDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/StyleSheets

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  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 05:59:48 -0400 (EDT)
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That is correct.  These stylesheets are no longer being maintained.  If you feel 
that the stylesheets that are present and prominently advertised in the menus 
are inadequate, and especially if they are inadequate in a way that one of the 
legacy stylesheets was adequate to your use, then I'd certainly encourage you to 
email suggestions at

You could also email me and I can pass your suggestions along, but I was only 
tangentially involved in this decision, and I'm not well prepared to respond
directly to such suggestions.

In the meantime, you can also set a stylesheet by evaluating, e.g.,


Concerning the larger issue of stylesheet editing and usage, I have quite a
number of things to say on the subject, and I'll be responding to some other
posts on the subject.  It is, indeed, an under-documented area, but I'm glad to 
see the interest, and you'll be seeing more both on MathGroup and in future
releases of the product on this.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Sun, 20 May 2007 02:29:26 -0400 (EDT), Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> The original method you suggested -- deleting "MenuPosition->0" from the
> top of the style sheet file in a text editor -- works!
> But this certainly seems unreasonably difficult.  Should I surmise that
> Wolfram does not want us to use any of those style sheets for new
> notebooks, and that they are just there for pre-5.2 legacy notebooks?
> Lev Bishop wrote:
>> On 5/18/07, Murray Eisenberg  wrote:
>>> But these are style sheets supplied by Wolfram Research as part of
>>> Mathematica 6.0!!!
>> Nevertheless, if you want them to show up in the Stylesheets menu you
>> have to change the MenuPosition option in those stylesheets. The
>> technique I gave you is a little flawed. A better way is to open the
>> stylesheet as a notebook in mathematica, open the options inspector
>> (shift-ctrl-o) go to "Selected Notebook" and "As text" and modify the
>> MenuPosition line to have something like "MenuPosition->1100" (I guess
>> you can change the order of the stylesheets by changing the number).
>> Then save the notebook. When you restart mathematica it should show up
>> in the menu.
>> You would think that the File -> Install menu item would do this for
>> you, but as far as I can tell File -> Install for a stylesheet just
>> copies the stylesheet file into a directory for you, nothing more.
>> Lev

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