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The editor discovers new problems and solutions while usingVersion \
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"I have to agree palettes are cool, and the ones that come configured with \
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reason to build one. It is easy to do: Will it really add something to the \
notebook? \n\n\tRecently I have been re-writing some simulations in \
introductory probability to go with the college-level manuscript ",
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The first feature I went after was outlining, found in the Option \
Inspector in its pull-down menu. Here the triangles that appear in the left \
margin let you close and open the items that are nested beneath it. To do \
this you open the Options Inspector under Format and select the Show option \
value for Notebook. Now select Cell Options > Display Options > \
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right hand cell brackets with Cell Options > Display Options > \
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\tTo remove the cell \"dingbats\" (those black and gray squares at \
the beginning of each section and subsection) execute Cell Options > Display \
Options > CellDingbat -> False. You would probably need to set this option at \
the cell style level since, unfortunately, this option has no effect at the \
global or notebook level, which may be a bug. You can see the resulting \
format of the notebook below. [Editor's note: You can run the actual notebook \
in the electronic version of this journal.]\
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appear in the upper right hand corner as soon as the notebook was opened. \
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chapter. This is done with the string of commands: ",
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" 3.0, a notebook with initialized cells will not immediately ask if you \
want to run the initialization cells, unless you set this condition. This is \
done again with the Options Inspector, where you will want to set Show option \
values for the Notebook. Now make the selection under Notebook Options > \
Evaluate Options > InitializationCellLoading -> True.\n\n\tFinally, we need \
to write a notebook command which will immediately bring up the palette upon \
initialization of the notebook. This is done by writing \
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initialized. I put it in the area where I load the graphics functions. Don't \
forget to add your own path name to the palette.nb when you set up your own \
notebook.\n\t\n\tNow save your notebook.nb, and you are ready to roll. When \
you open the notebook, you have a palette that is ready for use in any \
notebook. It is also a good idea to keep a copy of your palette within the \
notebook, in case you give it to someone and forget to give them the palette. \
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See the other electronic submission included with
this article, completedNotebook.nb.\
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The preferred way to submit problems or solutions is via email. \
They may also be sumbitted on paper or on a disk through the regular mail. \
When you submit your work, include a brief English description of your \
solution, or use comments in your program to help the reader follow your \
ideas. Of course, you should include your name, institution, category (high \
school, college undergraduate, other) and mail or email address.\
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Donald T. Piele
Mathematics Department
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141
email: piele@cs.uwp.edu
phone: 414-595-2231
fax: 414-595-2056\
\>", "Text"]
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