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I am trying to emulate the shift and shift+tab feature in the Outline.nb stylesheet that comes with Mathematica.

I added the following code to a private stylesheet at the notebook level.

Cell[StyleData["NUM"],
 CellDingbat->Cell[
   TextData[{
     CounterBox["NUM"], "."}]],
 CellMargins->{{80, 10}, {7, 7}},
 ReturnCreatesNewCell->True,
 StyleKeyMapping->{"Tab" -> "SubNUM"},
 CellGroupingRules->{"SectionGrouping", 50},
 DefaultNewCellStyle->"SubNUM",
 DefaultReturnCreatedCellStyle->"NUM",
 ParagraphIndent->0,
 CounterIncrements->"NUM",
 CounterAssignments->{{"SubNUM", 0}},
 MenuSortingValue->1200,
 MenuCommandKey->"1",
 FontFamily->"Times",
 FontColor->GrayLevel[0]]

Cell[StyleData["SubNUM"],
 CellDingbat->Cell[
   TextData[{
     CounterBox["SubNUM"], "."}]],
 CellMargins->{{120, 10}, {7, 7}},
 ReturnCreatesNewCell->True,
 StyleKeyMapping->{
  "Tab" -> "Outline3", "Backspace" -> "NUM", KeyEvent["Tab", Modifiers -> {Shift}] -> "NUM"},
 CellGroupingRules->{"SectionGrouping", 60},
 ParagraphIndent->0,
 CounterIncrements->"SubNUM",
 CounterAssignments->{{"Outline3", 0}},
 MenuSortingValue->1250,
 MenuCommandKey->"2",
 FontFamily->"Times",
 FontColor->GrayLevel[0],
 CounterBoxOptions->{CounterFunction:>(Part[
   CharacterRange["a", "z"], #]& )}]

So Shift and Shift+Tab work perfectly in the notebook containing the stylesheet. I tried them and they both work.

However, when if I create a new notebook and then apply the stylesheet to that notebook I loose the shift+tab feature. But for some reason the tab feature does transfer over. It seems to break only the shift+tab feature. As you can see in the animated gif below, the tab key works, but shift+tab does not work.

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I use the function below to apply the styles in my master stylesheet notebook to any notebook I am working in.

ApplyStylesheet:=Module[{nb,stylesheet},

nb=NotebookOpen[$HomeDirectory<>"/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Ventura College/Mathematica/Master Settings/MStylesheet.nb"];
stylesheet=Options[nb,StyleDefinitions];
NotebookClose[nb];
nb=InputNotebook[];
SetOptions[nb,stylesheet];
];

Edit 2: @Kuba - I was able to verify that your code below works like a charm. However, I was still having issues using it in conjuction with my ApplyStylesheet function above. As it turns out

stylesheet=Options[nb,StyleDefinitions]

was not saving the contexts. As a solution for applying a master stylesheet to multiple notebooks, I name the master stylesheet configuration (like yours configuration below) and then call it within any notebook. Contexts are kept intact this way. Thank you!

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  • $\begingroup$ I have multiple notebooks that I push a single stylesheet to. I do this creating a master notebook and editing its stylesheet. I than copy the styles of this master notebook and apply it to many notebooks. $\endgroup$ – Michael McCain Dec 17 '15 at 10:10
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One has to be extremely careful with Cell options that are not released in System` context. It seems that your problem is caused by additional $CellContext` given to KeyEvent Modifiers and Shift.

I've faced it with earlier: NotebookWrite a Cell with WholeCellGroupOpener option

With

FrontEnd`KeyEvent["Tab", FrontEnd`Modifiers -> {FrontEnd`Shift}] -> "NUM"

Stylesheet works for me.

but it is not the only thing that won't work, you have to fix:

FrontEnd`DefaultNewCellStyle (*and*)
FrontEnd`DefaultReturnCreatedCellStyle (*and*)
FrontEnd`ReturnCreatesNewCell

too. Cumbersome...

  • when I'm writing scripts to manipulate stylesheets I'm using string names for option names "ReturnCreatesNewCell" etc. Not documented but working. String option names for Cells

  • (New edit:) What if it is not you who specifies those options and you have to e.g. NotebookWrite cell contents that can have those not released symbols somewhere?

    • You can do a replacement just before doing this. Let's create a test cell: Cell["asd", "Subsection", WholeCellGroupOpener->True], now put before that cell

      CellPrint[
        NotebookRead[
           NextCell[]
        ] /. s_Symbol /; Context[s] === "Global`" :> Symbol["FrontEnd`" <> SymbolName[s]]
       ]
      

      It will generate correct copy, while without replacement you'd end up with $CellContext`.

    • Or you can force those unknown symbols to be put in FrontEnd` context when read:

      CellPrint @ Block[
        {$Context = "FrontEnd`", $ContextPath = {"System`"}}, 
        NotebookRead[NextCell[]]
      ]
      

SetOptions[
  EvaluationNotebook[],
  StyleDefinitions -> Notebook[{
    Cell[StyleData[StyleDefinitions -> "Default.nb"]],
    Cell[StyleData["NUM"], 
     CellDingbat          -> Cell[TextData[{CounterBox["NUM"], "."}]], 
     ReturnCreatesNewCell -> True, 
     StyleKeyMapping      -> {"Tab" -> "SubNUM"}, 
     CellGroupingRules    -> {"SectionGrouping", 50}, 
     DefaultNewCellStyle  -> "SubNUM", 
     DefaultReturnCreatedCellStyle -> "NUM", 
     ParagraphIndent      -> 0, 
     CounterIncrements    -> "NUM", 
     CounterAssignments   -> {{"SubNUM", 0}}, 
     MenuSortingValue     -> 1200, 
     MenuCommandKey       -> "1"]
    ,
    Cell[StyleData["SubNUM"], 
     CellDingbat          -> Cell[TextData[{CounterBox["SubNUM"], "."}]], 
     CellMargins          -> {{120, 10}, {7, 7}}, 
     ReturnCreatesNewCell -> True,
     StyleKeyMapping      -> {"Tab" -> "Outline3", "Backspace" -> "NUM", 
          KeyEvent["Tab", Modifiers -> {Shift}] -> "NUM"}, 
     CellGroupingRules    -> {"SectionGrouping", 60}, 
     ParagraphIndent      -> 0, 
     CounterIncrements    -> "SubNUM", 
     CounterAssignments   -> {{"Outline3", 0}}, 
     MenuSortingValue     -> 1250, 
     MenuCommandKey       -> "2", 
     FontFamily           -> "Times", 
     FontColor            -> GrayLevel[0], 
     CounterBoxOptions    -> {CounterFunction :> (Part[
           CharacterRange["a", "z"], #] &)}]
    }
   ]/. s_Symbol /; Context[s] === "Global`" :> Symbol["FrontEnd`" <> SymbolName[s]]
 ]
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  • $\begingroup$ This works! And it makes sense. However, I do get an error in a dialog window saying "shift:show: Symbol Shift appears in multiple contexts {System', Global'}; definitions in context System' may shadow or be shadowed by other definitions. I've heard of this shadow error. I'll see if I can find a way to get rid of it... as the code does work. $\endgroup$ – Michael McCain Dec 17 '15 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelMcCain not to NUM but to options names, take a look at edits. $\endgroup$ – Kuba Dec 17 '15 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelMcCain Hi, you may be interested in the New edit. p.s. please those comments that are no longer valid. $\endgroup$ – Kuba Dec 22 '15 at 7:24

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