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Another stylesheet question

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  • Subject: [mg86918] Another stylesheet question
  • From: Jerry <Jer75811 at>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 04:53:18 -0500 (EST)

I went thru the stylesheet tutorial that David Park kindly 
made available. I was successful in making the new 
stylesheet he proposed. But I'd like to do something he 
didn't cover (that I could find).

I'd like to simply change the size of the text in the "text" 
style (the cell type found in the little box at upper left 
in a notebook). I can reformat the text cell by cell but I'd 
like it to just use a proper text size to start with from 
default.nb. I've given up trying to do this in Options 
Inspector. I've looked thru it forever and can't find any 
way to change text size. And if I did, would that change 
what's in the default.nb stylesheet?

So I did Format/ Edit Stylesheet, selected the text style, 
to modify, then changed it to a new size and color via the 
Format Menu and then *Save As* default.nb.  Well, that 
didn't work -- Mathematica wouldn't even run on restart. I had to 
restore default.nb from my backup copy. Even though the Edit 
Stylesheet window says it is using inherited base 
definitions from default.nb, the file it makes is tiny and 
apparently leaves out items needed for Mathematica to run.

So I'm missing the big picture -- can someone please tell me 
how to modify default.nb -- or make Mathematica use a different 
stylesheet on startup? Thanks.

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