I try to make a dark stylesheet based on the ReverseColor theme. However, dataset headers are barely readable.

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This question is related to others such as Question 1 and Question 2. But no solution has been found yet.

It seems that the new options for Dataset called HeaderStyle/HeaderBackground introduced in Version 12.1 might help, since it is now possible to modify headers:

ds = Dataset[{<|"a" -> 1, "b" -> 3|>,<|"a" -> 2, "b" -> 4|>}, HeaderStyle -> White, HeaderBackground -> Black]

However, any small change in the dataset restores the default settings:

ds[All, ;; 2]

I tried to modify the default values of HeaderStyle (None) and HeaderBackground (Automatic) by typing:


Typing Options[Dataset] indicates that it changes the default values of these options but does not seem to apply since, for example, headers of:




have the default format.

Any idea to modify the default layout of dataset headers from a stylesheet or at least for an entire notebook?


1 Answer 1

SetOptions[Dataset, HeaderBackground -> Black, HeaderStyle -> White, 
  ItemStyle -> Red];

ds = Dataset[{<|"a" -> 1, "b" -> 3|>, <|"a" -> 2, "b" -> 4|>}]

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A cumbersome way to inject the options is to wrap dataset objects with Dataset[#, Options[Dataset]]&:

{Dataset[#,Options[Dataset]]& @ ds, Dataset[#,Options[Dataset]]& @ ds[1]}

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A more convenient work-around is to use$PrePrint to inject the options into objects with head Dataset:

$PrePrint = If[Head[#] === Dataset, Dataset[#, Options[Dataset]], #] &;


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titanic = ExampleData[{"Dataset", "Titanic"}]  

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  • $\begingroup$ The $Preprint solution is exactly what I missed to modify the formatting of my current Notebook. Many thanks @kglr ! The first solution seems a bit less useful since typing for example ds[2] removes the formatting. But can this $PrePrint solution be introduced in the stylesheet definition, with something like Cell[StyleData["Dataset"], ...] ? $\endgroup$
    – Vly
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Vly, I don't know if/how it can be done via stylesheets. An easy way to avoid setting $PrePrint in every mma session is to add $PrePrint =... to the init.m file. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot @kglr! Of course, the best would have been to be able to include it in the stylesheet definition. But adding $PrePrint=... line to the init.m file perfectly extends the bevahior to all the notebooks. Also, now, I know the use of this init.m file. Thank you again! $\endgroup$
    – Vly
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Vly, my pleasure.Thank you for the accept. And welcome to mma.se. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ @gunes, see the answers in this q/a $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 8:58

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