After getting help from Rojo with Menu commands on Palettes and other windows without menu bars? I was able to create a Palette with a menu bar by:

  1. Selecting the Palette and opening the Option Inspector with Ctrl+Shift+O

  2. Setting Editable -> True and WindowElements -> {"MenuBar"}

However the bar seems very glitchy:

  • Sometimes it appears to be entirely disabled
  • Then when I drag the window around or change focus a time or two it comes to life
  • Then later becomes disabled again
  • Sometimes it appears to be enabled (not grayed out) but I can't open any of the menus

Further the menu commands themselves, when available, don't work right:

  • Despite confirming that Saveable -> True the Save and Save As... items are disabled
  • The Palettes > Generate Notebook from Palette item is also disabled; if not usable here then where?

Though I could not Save the Palette (Notebook) I captured its expression with NotebookGet:

   BoxData[ButtonBox["\"Beep!\"", Appearance -> Automatic, ButtonFunction :> Beep[], 
     Evaluator -> Automatic, Method -> "Preemptive"]], "NotebookDefault"]}, 
 Editable -> True, WindowSize -> {700, 100}, 
 WindowMargins -> {{Automatic, 51}, {266, Automatic}}, WindowFrame -> "Palette", 
 WindowElements -> {"MenuBar"}, WindowFrameElements -> {"CloseBox", "MinimizeBox"}, 
 FrontEndVersion -> "10.0 for Microsoft Windows (64-bit) (July 1, 2014)", 
 StyleDefinitions -> "Palette.nb"] 

Are other Windows users able to reproduce the series of bugs I described above?

Has anyone figured out how to work with Palettes in Version 10 under Windows?

  • $\begingroup$ (ahem) some of us are still using older versions of the software. $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2014 at 0:16
  • $\begingroup$ @bobthechemist I'm not sure how to take that comment. I did tag the question version-10; do you think I should also have put that information at the top of the post? Or if you mean something else: as a long-time Version 7 user I am highly sympathetic to those who are not running the latest version, but as the community saw fit to pay for my copy of Version 10 and I am doing my best to learn and analyze it. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Jul 12, 2014 at 0:30
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    $\begingroup$ Bob thought he would be among the first to receive the new version, but I take it he still hasn't got his copy. So, see this as a semi jealous/hopeless/desparate/funny remark. Nothing to worry about. Sometimes you just take life too seriously :) BTW can't test right now. The iPad version of v10 hasn't arrived yet. $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2014 at 1:02
  • $\begingroup$ On my phone so can't test this but pretty sure the problem is due to settings in the palette.nb stylesheet. I think you need to create a private stylesheet $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2014 at 1:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Mr.Wizard Sjoerd is correct; my comment was meant to be taken humorously. $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2014 at 2:18


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