Did Mathematica 9 remove some previously available stylesheets? If so, how can I customize a currently available style sheet to be like a previous one or get previous version's stylesheet back? I frequently used the natural beige color stylesheet (Format > StyleSheet > Creative > NaturalColor), but Mathematica 9 seemed to have removed it.

Also, how do I check which stylesheet is currently employed?

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    $\begingroup$ The stylesheet being currently used by a notebook has a checkmark int Format > Stylesheet menu. $\endgroup$
    – m_goldberg
    Jan 6, 2013 at 3:06
  • $\begingroup$ Doesn't work for me with a CDF document... $\endgroup$
    – fairflow
    Apr 27, 2014 at 21:37

2 Answers 2


As Brett Champion says in his answer the NaturalColor stylesheet is still availble but hidden. If you want to use it on a regular basis, I suggest moving a copy of it to a folder where Mathematica will find and put it on the Format > Stylesheet menu.

Mathematica can aid you in finding the stylesheet folders and the stylesheets themselves. The function

findStyleSheetFolders[] := 
   Module[{userStylesheetFolder, wolframStylesheetFolder}, 
     userStylesheetFolder = 
       FileNameJoin[{$UserBaseDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd",  "StyleSheets"}]; 
     wolframStylesheetFolder = 
        FileNameJoin[{$InstallationDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd", "StyleSheets"}];
     {userStylesheetFolder, wolframStylesheetFolder}]

will find the required folders. wolframStylesheetFolder is where WRI installs the stylesheets WRI distributes with Mathematica. userStylesheetFolder is a good place to install a copy of the NaturalColor.nb stylesheet you use so it will appear on the stylesheet menu.

The function

findStyleSheets[] :=  FileNames["*.nb", findStyleSheetFolders[], ∞]

will show you all the stylesheets installed on your system.

On my system, evaluating

findStyleSheets[] // TableForm






As you see, I've installed two custom stylesheet notebooks in the user stylesheets folder. These custom stylesheets show up in my Format > Stylesheet menu. If you move a copy of NaturalColor.nb into your user stylesheets folder, it will be visible in your Format > Stylesheet menu.

  • $\begingroup$ I did what m_goldberg say but it didn't work for me. I worked it out as this: Format->StyleSheet->Other and choose PastelColor.nb file. Then Format->Edit StyleSheet and then pPush Install StyleSheet button. $\endgroup$
    – nadapez
    Jul 4, 2013 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ On ver.10, the method proposed by m_goldberg doesn't work,that of @nadapez doesn't either. How to fix that problem? $\endgroup$
    – yulinlinyu
    Oct 28, 2014 at 3:49

I liked that stylesheet (Creative > Natural Color) as well.

They're still present for backward compatibility, but are not listed in the Format menu anymore. You should still be able to browse to them using Stylesheet > Other... or by modifying an existing notebook that uses the stylesheet.

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    $\begingroup$ On my Mac, they're at "/Applications/Mathematica.app/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/StyleSheets/Creative/" $\endgroup$
    – cormullion
    Jan 5, 2013 at 22:40
  • $\begingroup$ @cormullion I found them at "/Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/StyleSheets" (v11.3 on a Mac) $\endgroup$
    – Chris K
    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:48
  • $\begingroup$ At some point we had to move everything into the Contents directory when macOS became more strict about the structure of things inside the app bundle. In general the stylesheets directory is FileNameJoin[{$InstallationDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd", "StyleSheets"}]. $\endgroup$ Mar 14, 2019 at 16:00

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