|Palettes give you immediate access to many features built into Mathematica, from creating syntactically complete expressions and inserting special characters, to building up charts and slide shows, all through a convenient point-and-click interface.|
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provides immediate point-and-click access to many of its features through the menu. Here is a list of all the available palettes:
Several of these palettes are dedicated to helping you build up valid Mathematica
For example, if you forget the name or syntax of a 3D plotting function, instead of going to the help system you can go to the and open the Basic Commands
section. Clicking the appropriate function will insert a template for that function into your notebook:
The first placeholder is selected by default. You can fill out the template by tabbing between the placeholders:
The palette gives visual access to many of the built-in ColorData
functions. Here, you will use this palette to implement a different color scheme in the 3D plot above.
Begin by typing ColorFunction
In the Gradients
section of the palette, scroll down, click BeachColors
, and click Insert
. Evaluate the expression to see the 3D plot with the
There are also palettes for creating slide shows and for browsing hundreds of the special characters that are built into Mathematica.