Is it possible to detect the text color in Mathematica, so that a command like this:

TextColor[<colored text>]

would return the color of the text in some way?

For example, when I input

G[m_] := Module[{k}, 4]

Mathematica colors m_ and k some greenish color(s). I'd like to know precisely what those colors are.

  • $\begingroup$ How was the text coloured? Provide code that colours the text or at the very least the source of the coloured text. $\endgroup$
    – Edmund
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 1:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Edmund : I have added an example of such code. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 1:27
  • $\begingroup$ does this give what you need: textColor[x_] := Cases[x, _?ColorQ]? $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 1:35
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr : I am not sure how to use this. When I input textColor[Module[{k}, 4]] I get {}. F1 yields "ColorQ[color] yields True if color is a valid color directive and False otherwise". $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 2:01

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These styles are controlled by the AutoStyleOptions setting of a Cell:


RGBColor[0.263, 0.537, 0.345]

RGBColor[0.263, 0.537, 0.345]

Let's change these colors to Red and Blue:

CurrentValue[$FrontEndSession,{AutoStyleOptions,"LocalVariableStyle", FontColor}]=Red;
CurrentValue[$FrontEndSession,{AutoStyleOptions,"PatternVariableStyle", FontColor}]=Blue;

And, you should see that the variables are colored red and blue now:

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Finally, return the colors to their old values:

CurrentValue[$FrontEndSession,{AutoStyleOptions,"LocalVariableStyle", FontColor}]=oldLVS;
CurrentValue[$FrontEndSession,{AutoStyleOptions,"PatternVariableStyle", FontColor}]=oldPVS;
  • $\begingroup$ How to know the other items except "LocalVariableStyle" and "PatternVariableStyle"? $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 2:15
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    $\begingroup$ Options[Cell, AutoStyleOptions] $\endgroup$
    – Carl Woll
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 2:16

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