Now that I found our how to save the private stylesheet opened by "Format->Edit Stylesheet...", by using "File->Save" from that window, I would like to know how to change the "heading" that still says "Private Style Definitions for someNotebook.nb". This is displayed above the "Choose a style" drop-down box button.

Any suggestions?

  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I think I understand. You don't want it to say "Private Style Definitions" at all but instead "someNotebook.nb style definitions" -- is that right? $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 18 '17 at 16:14

Within the stylesheet Notebook you need to change the Option:


to read:


Applying this is complicated by the default stylesheet settings that disable evaluation.
Here is Palette generating code to create a Button to apply it:

 Button["Set StylesheetFormatting", 
  SetOptions[SelectedNotebook[], StyleDefinitions -> "StylesheetFormatting.nb"]]

Evaluating that code should create a palette that looks like this:

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Open and focus the private style sheet, then click that button and it should immediately apply the change.

Otherwise use a text editor on the Notebook and replace PrivateStylesheetFormatting.nb with StylesheetFormatting.nb.

  • $\begingroup$ I guess EMacs will also work. ;) $\endgroup$ – Steven Thomas Hatton Feb 19 '17 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ @StevenHatton Directly editing the file is fine too but I am hesitant to recommend it as it is more likely to corrupt a Notebook than the built in tools. Thanks for the Accept. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 19 '17 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ FWIW, when I try the first approach, nothing happens. (In fact, nothing happens if I try to evaluate 2 + 2 in a notebook created with Format > Edit Stylesheet...; evaluation seems to be disabled altogether in such notebooks, judging by all the options that are disabled under the Evaluation menu). When I try the second approach, I can find the setting as you described, but I am not able to modify it; i.e. the interface treats this item as "read only". I'm using version 10.4. $\endgroup$ – kjo Mar 20 '17 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ @kjo Thank you! It seems something has changed. Old private style sheets like the one I checked this in allow me to evaluate new cells, but one I created just now to test this did not. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Mar 21 '17 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ Clever idea! It worked really well for me. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – kjo Mar 22 '17 at 13:18

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