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Re: Setting Cell Style While Cursor in Cell?

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  • Subject: [mg28352] Re: Setting Cell Style While Cursor in Cell?
  • From: Albert Retey <albert.retey at>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 01:28:24 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Visual Analysis AG
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Mike Yukish wrote:
> I often start typing, then decide to change the style of the cell in
> midstream. Right now I use the mouse to click on the vertical bar to the
> right, then hit Alt-7 or whatever to mod the style, then hit the right
> arrow key to move back into the cell and continue. It gets to be a pain
> after a while.
> How can I do this using only the keyboard, no mouse?

My probably not perfect way is to use Ctrl-. as many times as necessary
(which is that the Cell is selected). If you are looking for keyboard
shortcuts also have a look in the help browser Other Information ->
Keyboard Shortcuts. Unfortunatly these differ slightly between different
OS. Also there seems to be no officially supported way to (re-)define
any of the keys, one of the things I miss most in Mathematica.

A hack is to edit the file in the directory
$TopDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/TextResources. You probably should 
make a copy of the file to
$PreferenceDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/TextResources before editing
(a backup is also a good idea). But remember, you can easily damage your
installation when editing this file, and editing these files is AFAIK
not really suggested by Wolfram (?). 

Hope that helps


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