How can I make a stylesheet where inline cells are styled like input cells? By "similar", I mean the same font and syntax highlighting.

I have even tried copying all settings from Input cell of Core.nb to a private style definition for InlineCell, but had no luck.


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It looked like I had misunderstood "syntax highlighting" in this context. What I need turned out to be ShowCodeAssist->True. Combining this and settings on font and others that looked relevant:

FontFamily->"Courier New", 

I finally achieved what was almost what I was looking for.


You can change the DefaultInlineFormatType for "Text" cells to DefaultInputInlineFormatType (i.e., "StandardForm"), and change the style "InlineCell" to inherit options from "Input":

    StyleDefinitions -> Notebook[
        Cell[StyleData[StyleDefinitions -> "Default.nb"]],
        Cell[StyleData["Text"], DefaultInlineFormatType -> System`DefaultInputInlineFormatType],
        Cell[StyleData["InlineCell", StyleDefinitions->StyleData["Input"]]]

Here is screen capture from a notebook, showing a text cell with an inline cell, followed by a normal "Input" cell, so that you can compare them:

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You can't get syntax highlighting in an inline cell. Syntax highlighting is not a style, but a function of the front end's code editor, which is only active in Input cells. You can put text in a text cell into Input style. Select the text, then type Cmnd+9 (OS X) or Ctrl+9 (Windows).

  • $\begingroup$ thanks. Can I set upright font shape in stylesheet so that single character will not get automatically slanted? $\endgroup$
    – Naitree
    Apr 18, 2014 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ I just noticed that by typing Shift + Ctrl + I, inline cell can be converted to InputForm. Is there a way to automate this process? $\endgroup$
    – Naitree
    Apr 18, 2014 at 6:22

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