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Re: Q: Setting up Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg14153] Re: Q: Setting up Mathematica
  • From: "P.J. Hinton" <paulh>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 18:57:18 -0400
  • Organization: "Wolfram Research, Inc."
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On 28 Sep 1998, Christoph wrote:

> I'm using Mathematica 3.01 under NT. I want Mathematica to start
> Full-Screen by default. How can I manage to do this?

Because Mathematica 3.0.1 does not use the "multiple document interface"
that is adopted by many Windows applications, the concept of
"Full-Screen" is a big vague here.

If you mean you want the default notebook window to open up in a
maximized state, this is not possiblen through any front end options.
> And I want to edit an Palette. I generate I Notebook from the palette
> and then I need to edit a button. Is there any other way than
> transforming the Cells (containing the Button) into the Input-Form? I
> can't figure out how to use Input->Edit Button.

Depends on what you're wanting to do with it.  The Edit Button dialog is
just a graphical interface for changing options within a given
ButtonBox. You must have a button selected for the dialog to have any

The "Button style" list box tells the front end that the appearance
and/or action performed by the button is to be inheritied from a cell
style in the current style sheet.  Only cell styles which have a
ButtonStyleMenuListing option set to Automatic.

The text field for "Button function" is a way for you to specify a
homebrewed function that is to be performed when the button is clicked.

The ButtonBox mechanism allows you to specify up to two arguments for
the function.  The first argument to the function is called the "Button
source."  It can take on only certain values, all of which are objects
in a notebook.  The second argument is referred to as the "Button
data". Typically, you'll use a string or a list of strings will go

The "Button note" is just window dressing.  It allows you to specify
some text that will be displayed in the status area of the notebook
window when the mouse pointer passes over the button.

The "Button evaluator" specifies whether the kernel or the front end
should operate on the button function.  A value of None means the front
end does the work, any kernel defined in the Start Kernel subment may
be used.

The "Button always active" toggle is a way for you to arm and disarm the
button.  When clicked on, this toggle will ensure that the selected
button will do something when you click on the button.

For a more sophisticated walk through of button design, see the notebook
at URL:

P.J. Hinton
Mathematica Programming Group           paulh at Wolfram
Research, Inc.        

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