I'm trying to create a "template" notebook for myself.
I want to get input from a single InputField, and then run a few operations on it.

How can I make the InputFiled (that is, the box itself) be prettier?

How can I manipulate it's style?

I was asked to define prettier (which stands to reason).
So let's have WolframAlpha's (website) input box as a refrence point.

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    $\begingroup$ Define "prettier". With[{img = ExampleData[{"TestImage", "Elaine"}]}, Panel@Column[{img, InputField[]}] ] :) $\endgroup$
    – rm -rf
    Oct 8, 2013 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ Ahhh... Lenna... $\endgroup$
    – Trevor
    Oct 8, 2013 at 14:32

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You can get custom colors and rounded corners by adding a custom frame to a frameless InputField. The following code approximates the look of Wolfram Alpha's input field:

With[{opts = {FrameMargins -> 0, ImageMargins -> 0}},
        Framed[InputField[, ImageSize -> {500, 25}, Appearance -> "Frameless"], 
            FrameStyle -> Red, RoundingRadius -> 5, opts
        BoxFrame -> 3, RoundingRadius -> 7, FrameStyle -> Lighter@Orange, opts

Note that due to a bug, the FrameStyle option for Framed does not follow thickness directives (and possibly others), so a lower level workaround using BoxFrame is necessary.

  • $\begingroup$ Wow! Excellent solution! This would really make my "template" notebook so much prettier. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Trevor
    Oct 8, 2013 at 15:20

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