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I have learned much from other posts about stylesheet customization. Here is my procedure: Step 1 - Open a new, empty document. Step 2 - Format..Edit Stylesheet. I have added the following customizations to Text cells.

My attempted customization of Text cells

Step 3 - Install this customization as Test1. Step 4 - Format..Stylesheet..Test1

The result is shown here

Changing styles with my syntax works for Style but not for StyleData

I understand the examples I've read, and believe the above should work. If anyone can point out the error of my ways I would be most appreciative. Is it syntax?

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  • $\begingroup$ Could my problem be related to the fact that I am using the Home Edition? $\endgroup$ – Robert Elzenga Dec 11 '14 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ For me it works. What happens if you simply leave out step 3 and 4? As far as I know, it should work for the Home Edition as well. $\endgroup$ – Fred Simons Dec 11 '14 at 11:01
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Stylesheets must be provided with StyleData in the CellExpression rather than the CellContents.

The CellExpression for a cell is shown by pressing Cmd+Shift+E (Ctrl+Shift+E) with a cell bracket highlighted.

Frustratingly, a cell must be created in the Stylesheet before the CellExpression can be tampered with. This is the process you must go through:

1) Open stylesheet

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2) Create a new cell

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3) Expose the CellExpression of the cell

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4) Provide the StyleData

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5) Return the cell to its generated form - some* changes aren't applied if the cell remains in its CellExpression form.

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*I'd like to better understand why this is but I don't.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much. I have it working now. I had seen the instructions for accessing the CellExpression via keystrokes, but all those examples were Windows based and only mentioned Ctrl+Shift+E, but I am on a Mac. Hats off! $\endgroup$ – Robert Elzenga Dec 11 '14 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ As an alternative to using ShowExpression and manually typing new options you can click on the cell bracket and set the style data via the options inspector. $\endgroup$ – Mike Honeychurch Dec 11 '14 at 21:37

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