Friday, May 15, 2009

Modifying Mathematica Menus

The same procedure applies for Mathematica 7.x - just look in the 7.0 directory. For convenience, I posted the Mathematica 7.0.1 modified menu file. Of course, there is no guarantee that this will work on your end, so by all means do backup your copy of the file before using this one. You can download it from here.

As was kindly pointed out by an anonymous comment, Mathematica version 6.0.2 includes the "Evaluate Notebook" menu item. Also, removing the backup files from the MenuSetup directory is a must. - Thanks

In Mathematica 6.x, a couple of nice features are missing, namely, the "Evaluate Notebook" menu command and the placement of the "Quit Kernel" command. First, the "Evaluate Notebook" is completely missing form the "Evaluation" menu - and I don't see the reason for removing such a useful command from the new version. Regarding the "Quit Kernel", which is probably the most used command during a Mathematica session, is now located under Evaluation/Quit Kernel/Local. Instead of keeping that command one level higher (i.e. Evaluation/Quit Kernel), for some reason it was placed under a sub-menu.

Yesterday, I found out that one can modify the whole Mathematica menu, and in the process, add the "Evaluate Notebook" command and modify the location of the "Quit Kernel" command. Thanks to the Walking Randomly blog for sharing this information - you can find the original post here.

So here's what I have done on my end to make my Mathematica workspace fit to my needs.

  1. Locate the file "" - This is usually found somewhere within the "Wolfram Research" directory. A simple search would be enough to find that file. (try C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\6.0\SystemFiles\FrontEnd\TextResources\Windows\)
  2. Open "MenuSetup.str" with a text editor. In windows, I use wordpad to do that because it keeps the formatting correct and wraps the text quite nicely.
  3. Scroll down to the end of the file and locate the last brace-then-bracket "}]" then add the following before that
    1. Type a comma then go to a new line
    2. Insert the following
      Item["Evaluate &Notebook", "EvaluateNotebook"],
      Item["&Quit Local Kernel", "MenuListQuitEvaluators", MenuAnchor->True]

You should be able to see two new menu items on the menu bar. Make sure also to backup your original If nothing shows up on the Mathematica menu, you might have to move the backup copy from the MenuSetup directory.

Cite as:
Saad, T. "Modifying Mathematica Menus". Weblog entry from Please Make A Note.


  1. Evaluate Notebook was re-added in 6.0.1. You should upgrade to 6.0.2.

    One thing to pay attention to when modifying these files is not to leave any other files (e.g. backups) in that directory. Depending on the order Mma reads them, they /might/ break things.

  2. I think you explained us thi very very well because I'll be honest I don't enough about it and I understand everything , I think you have a perfect way to explain.

  3. Modify mathematical menus is very complicate for me, but due you help I make it so easily ! thank you !

  4. I was looking for this information, thanks for put in this easy way, I mean in a easy way to understand it jajaja, well until the next time.