Re: Noob Question re Setting Default Fonts

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg102300] Re: [mg102269] Noob Question re Setting Default Fonts*From*: "David Park" <djmpark at comcast.net>*Date*: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 04:30:18 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <14525019.1249293913763.JavaMail.root@n11>

1) Lookup Stylesheets in the Documentation Center for general guidance. 2) Evaluate $UserBaseDirectory in a notebook to find your private Mathematica folders. Go to SystemFiles, FrontEnd, StyleSheets. There may or may not be anything there but, in any case, this is where your new StyleSheet notebook will eventually be placed by the Mathematica system. 3) Start Mathematica and look at the new Untitled notebook. If you check Menu/Format/Stylesheet you should see that Default is checked. That is the current Stylesheet the notebook is using. 4) Use Menu/Edit Stylesheet. This will bring up a "Style Definitions for Untitled-n" notebook. With this you can change the styles for the notebook, if you only want it for a particular notebook, or install the stylesheet so it could be used for all your style sheets. 5) Type an Input cell into the Untitled notebook, say Sin[3 x], and return to the Definitions notebook. 6) Suppose you want to change the Input font and font size. On the "Choose a style" drop down menu choose Input. This creates a cell in the style sheet notebook. Select it, by the bracket on the right, and then use Menu/Format to pick a new font size, say 14. When you click it you will see the Definition style change and also the Input statement in the Untitled notebook. 7) In the Definition notebook use Shift-Ctrl-E to toggle to the underlying Mathematica expression. You will see that "FontSize->14" has been added to the definition. Editing that expression is a alternative, and somewhat more general method for changing a cell style. 8) As far as I can tell it is not possible to change the font family for Input and Output cells. It changes in the Definitions, but not in the notebook. Mathematica does a lot of syntax coloring on Input statements and Output statements can become Input statements and that may have something to do with it. (Maybe someone will correct me on that.) But you can change the font family with Text cells. 9) A particularly useful change is the following: Put a Section Heading before your cells in the Untitled notebook. Choose Section in the Definitions drop down. Use Shift-Ctrl-E on the resulting cell and add ", ShowGroupOpener->True". 10) To save your new style sheet click the Install Stylesheet button. Give it a name, say TestStyleSheet, and Finish. Look in the file folder I mentioned in (2). The style sheet should be there. Look in Menu/Format/Stylesheet. It should also be listed there. (11) Close Mathematica and restart. You will be in a Default style sheet. Type a heading and some Input/Output and a Text cell. Then use Menu/Format/Stylesheet/TestStyleSheet and you will be using your new style sheet. David Park djmpark at comcast.net http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/ From: Andrew J Fortune [mailto:andrewfortune at bigpond.com] Hi all, I am a new Mathematica user. I don't like some of the default fonts, in particular Input, Output and Text. I have been trying, without success, to work out how to change the default settings. Any help appreciated. Thanks and regards, Andrew J Fortune, Melbourne, Australia