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Palettes and Buttons

Palettes and buttons provide a simple but fully customizable point-and-click interface to Mathematica.

Mathematica comes with a collection of ready-to-use standard palettes.

Here is part of the Basic Calculations palette.

Here is the International Characters palette for European characters.

Palettes work like extensions to your keyboard.

In a palette like this, pressing the key inserts an into the notebook.

Here is a working version of the palette:

In a palette like this the indicates where the current selection should be inserted.

Clicking the button takes the highlighted selection and wraps a square root around it.

Here is a working version of the palette:

It is easy to create your own custom palettes.

You can create a blank palette using the Create Table/Matrix/Palette item in the Input menu.

You can create custom palettes to do any function or manipulate any expression.

Clicking the button immediately factors in place the expression you have selected.

Here is a working version of the palette: