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Palettes provide an unprecedentedly simple way to access the full range of Mathematica's capabilities.

To see how a palette works, choose Generate Notebook from Palette, then choose Show Expression, and look at the Mathematica definitions the palette contains.

Basic Input

A palette of mathematical and other notation understood as input by Mathematica (opened by default when Mathematica starts).

Basic Calculations

Some basic Mathematica calculations (available from the Palettes menu).

Algebraic Manipulation

Functions for in-place manipulation of parts of algebraic expressions (available from the Palettes menu).

Color Palette

A palette of common colors to use in Mathematica (the defaults allocated by Mathematica on low-color displays).

Polyhedron Explorer

An interactive tool for creating remarkable polyhedral shapes.

Periodic Table

A periodic table in which pressing an element pastes a description of its properties.

Physical Constants

Notation and values of common physical constants.

Notebook Launcher

A palette for creating new notebooks with different style sheets (available from the Palettes menu).

Selection Mover

Moving around the selection in a notebook.

Demo Maker

A tool for creating demos that can be run either within Mathematica or over the web.

Basic Typesetting

Common objects and operations needed in mathematical typesetting (available from the Palettes menu).

Complete Characters

The complete collection of special characters available by default in Mathematica (available from the Palettes menu).

International Characters

Common European characters (available from the Palettes menu).