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Re: Re: Another stylesheet question

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  • Subject: [mg87029] Re: [mg86964] Re: Another stylesheet question
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 04:24:58 -0500 (EST)
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On Thu, 27 Mar 2008 08:19:32 -0500 (EST), Peter Breitfeld wrote:
> Jerry schrieb:
>> 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.
> Hi  Jerry,
> You should give the altered notebook a new name, eg. jerrystyle.nb
> and place it somewhere in
> $UserBaseDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/Stylesheets.
> Your style will now appear in the Format/Stylesheet selection.
> In the options inspector search for DefaultStyleDefinitions and set
> them to the full path to your new stylesheet to make it the default.
> Gruss Peter

Actually, you can put it in the location you specify, but call it Default.nb.  
Then you don't have to change the DefaultStyleDefinitions.

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

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