I've looked for a solution, but couldn't find one. I've reinstalled,but still get the following two (related) messages on startup:

The specified setting for the option GridCreationSettings, Columns cannot be used


An option ("GridCreationSettingsColumns->Round[Null]") was encountered with a right‐hand side value out of the supported range for this option.

Thanks in advance for any solution(s).

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    – Dunlop
    Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 1:28
  • $\begingroup$ Anything in your init.m file? Relevant, I suppose: reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/GridCreationSettings.html. There is no symbol GridCreationSettingsColumns in Mma. Is there a typo in the question? $\endgroup$
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    Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 3:01
  • $\begingroup$ So far I'm really only using the software for presentation/notes creating... I'm really just clicking "Insert slide", or "Add cell" or changing cell types, or adding a table for side by side layouts. I don't think i've tried to manually adjust any settings. Re possible typos in question, I copied the text direct from the error messages. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 4:37

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I had this problem as well. I first saw it on Mathematica 12.3.1 after running that for a few years. It persisted when I upgraded to 14.0.

Following the suggestion by user87932 in the comments above, I renamed all the init.m files in ~/Library/Mathematica/ . I restarted Mathematica and it had me sign in at the Wolfram Portal. Then it worked fine. The init.m files are back.


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