If in OptionInspector I select option "Inline" for Cell Options > Display Options > ShowGroupOpener for section-like cells, then when such a group is closed it shows an icon that is a little box, with rounded corners, containing a symbol similar to a right-pointing chevron, like this:

Group closed icon

And when the group is open, the icon changes to one where the chevron points downward, like this:

Group open icon

(Ignore the color there: that's an artifact of a particular stylesheet I'm using.)

I want to be able to explain those icons in a Text cell. How can I insert those symbols there?

The best I've been able to obtain so far is the following:

openerClosedIcon = Framed[
    \[VeryThinSpace]\[VeryThinSpace]", Bold, 24],
  FrameMargins -> None, RoundingRadius -> 5]


openerOpenIcon = Rotate[openerClosedIcon, -90 Degree]

which produce

My GroupClosedIcon


My GroupOpenIcon



1 Answer 1


Those symbols are in fact special characters:

Row@{"\:f442", "\:f443"}

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  • $\begingroup$ How did you find these? I did not see them on the Special Characters palette. $\endgroup$
    – murray
    Jun 14, 2021 at 16:47
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't find them, either, in the Documentation Center page guide/SpecialCharacters. $\endgroup$
    – murray
    Jun 14, 2021 at 16:54
  • 5
    $\begingroup$ @murray I found them by noticing that the front-end access the file FileNameJoin@{$InstallationDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd", "TextResources", "MiscExpressions.tr"} when first displaying the symbols. And luckily, the relevant definitions for "cellGroupOpenerInline" are at the very top $\endgroup$
    – Lukas Lang
    Jun 14, 2021 at 17:01

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