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Hello I have found examples of codes that generate palettes to format the text of a cell (or a portion of it). I have also found codes for palettes that change the style of a cell. The latter is described in the Help for instance and gives a nice palette

 Column[Button[Style[#, 12, FontFamily -> "Times"], 
     FrontEndTokenExecute[InputNotebook[], "Style", #], 
     Appearance -> "Palette", ImageSize -> 120] & /@ {"Title", 
    "Subtitle", "Subsubtitle", "Section", "Subsection", 
    "Subsubsection", "Text", "Code", "Input"}, Spacings -> 0], 
 WindowTitle -> "Format"] 

Other questions here on MSE such as this do similar things, but still change the text style only.

So I am stuck as I do not find how to modify this function to affect the Background of the Cell.

I would also like to change properties such as the Cell being Editable or Initialization. Again I cannot find the proper command to put in the button to do this.

Eventually I would like to have a button that takes a cell and makes several changes at once, for instance makes the cell initialization, non-editable, and LightGreen background.

Is there a way to edit these properties with a palette?

Thanks for helping, Roberto

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Here is a button that will let you toggle between Editable True/False and set the background to red. You should be able to take this and make another button for initialization.

   SelectionMove[InputNotebook[], All, Cell];
   If[Options[NotebookSelection[InputNotebook[]], Editable][[1, 2]] ===
     Editable -> False],
    SetOptions[NotebookSelection[InputNotebook[]], Editable -> True]]
   SelectionMove[InputNotebook[], All, Cell];
   SetOptions[NotebookSelection[InputNotebook[]], Background -> Red];
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Well, Mike this is what I was looking for. Thanks. For some reason my attempt with SetOption of this morning was not successful. I think I can go on my own from now on, thanks a lot for your input. – Roberto Franceschini Feb 14 '14 at 3:43

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