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Re: Re: Default magnification for Help and Tutorials?

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  • Subject: [mg89268] Re: [mg89253] Re: [mg89242] Default magnification for Help and Tutorials?
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 03:58:37 -0400 (EDT)
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It's not necessary to modify a file in the installation directory.  Using 
inherited stylesheets, you can create a very small file in=
which tweaks the canonical stylesheet.  Here's some code which creates such=
file in the right location.

nb = NotebookPut[
       StyleDefinitions -> 
        FrontEnd`FileName[{"Wolfram", "Reference.nb"}]]], 
     Cell[StyleData[All, "Working"], Magnification -> 1.25]}]];
  ToFileName[{$UserBaseDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd", 
    "StyleSheets", "Wolfram"}]];
  ToFileName[{$UserBaseDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd", 
    "StyleSheets", "Wolfram"}, "Reference.nb"]];

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

On Sun, 1 Jun 2008 16:33:32 -0400 (EDT), W_Craig Carter wrote:
> Hello AES,
> This is a bit of a hack, but it works for me.
> It appears that the Help browser is using the Wolfram/Reference.nb
> stylesheet.
> This is located at
> /Applications/
> on my system. The location is operating system dependent.
> 1. Make a copy and  back up Reference.nb
> 2. Edit Reference.nb with your favorite text editor.
> 3. Change the Cell:
> Cell[StyleData[All, "Working"],
> DockedCells->FEPrivate`FrontEndResource[
> "FEExpressions", "HelpViewerToolbar"]
> ],
> to
> Cell[StyleData[All, "Working"],
> DockedCells->FEPrivate`FrontEndResource[
> "FEExpressions", "HelpViewerToolbar"],
> Magnification->1.25],
> 4. Restart Mathematica, when you call up the Help browser you will get
> a warning, but the browser will be at mag 1.25.
> 5. To remove this warning, open Reference.nb with Mathematica and then
> use Save As to overwrite that file.
> 6. When you restart Mathematica, the browser will be at 1.25 with no
> warning message.
> - Hide quoted text -
> On Sun, Jun 1, 2008 at 3:35 AM, AES <siegman at> wrote:
>> Is there a default I can set that will cause all Help pages and
>> Tutorials to open in 125% magnification?  (without changing the default
>> magnification for other files I may open, like .nb files or New files)

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