In fact, I can now see that while CellInsertionPointCell is set to None in the global preferences, it is always set to -> FEPrivate`FrontEndResource["FEExpressions", "CellInsertionMenu"] for any new notebook, thus the annoying "plus" sign. It doesn't seem possible to set this globally for any notebook, so I will try to put the CellInsertionPointCell -> None option in my ini.m file to see what it does. And also, the "plus" sign does not appear if I apply to the newly created notebook one of the stylesheets I made in versions 6 or 7.
On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM, Didier laplot <email@example.com> wrote: > David Park suggested setting CellInsertionPointCell->None and > ShowCellBracket->True (or False), but these settings do not get rid of > this small annoyance on my Mac version. > He was also kind enough to send me his PresentationStyle stylesheet > and when this stylesheet is applied to a notebook, indeed the "plus" > sign does not appear. > But I'm still looking for a way to suppress the "plus" sign in a > notebook in version 8 without having to resort to any particular > stylesheet. A global option setting in the system that would revert > the display to the old simple traditional notebook interface. > > Thanks. > >