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Re: Using Text Cells

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  • Subject: [mg36892] Re: [mg36854] Using Text Cells
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murraye at>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 04:45:19 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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David Park's posting reminded me of a frequent annoyance when I am 
trying to include some Mathematica expressions within text cells -- a 
Mathematica input expression in Standard Form that involves use of a 
Control-key combination to form a superscript, square-root, or built-up 

For example, suppose I want to include within a text cell a Standard 
Form expression for the square of x, with the exponent 2 raised. If I 
type the x first, even if I immediately highlight it and change it to 
Courier (to match the default font for Input cells in Standard Form), as 
soon as I press the Control-^ key combination, an Inline cell is created 
beginning with the x, and then when I type the exponent 2 everything in 
that Inline cell is now in Times, and the x is Italic.  To change both 
characters to Courier is not so easy: it seems to require separately 
selecting the x and the 2 and changing the font of each.  (Highlighting 
the entire Inline cell and selecting Courier does not change the exponent!)

So to avoid this annoyance I normally must first type the desired 
expression in a separate Input cell, then copy the contents of that cell 
to the desired point in the Text cell.

Any suggestions on a more efficient method for handling this?

David Park wrote:
> In receiving notebooks from many different people I have noticed that
> beginners often do not know how to use Text cells ....
> Some users may hesitate to use Text cells because they want to include a
> mathematical expression in the comments....
> Just use an Inline cell within the text cell....

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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