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Re: Using Text Cells

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  • Subject: [mg36882] Re: Using Text Cells
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 04:44:59 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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just one comment: the meaning of the Alt-7 
key depend on the style sheet that is in use.
The TMJ style use Alt-8 for text and one has
to learn new key short-cuts for every style sheet !


David Park wrote:
> In receiving notebooks from many different people I have noticed that
> beginners often do not know how to use Text cells and write all of their
> comments as Input cells. I have even run across some extremely advanced
> users who did not know the easy method for entering Text cells. A good
> notebook is usually a blend of Text cells, Input/Output cells and graphics
> cells. Text cells are very useful for documenting what you are doing and
> passing information to other people. Since many people do not know how to
> use Text cells, I thought I would write a little explanation for beginners
> who are followers of MathGroup.
> The very easiest method for entering a Text cell is to put the insertion
> point where you want the new cell to be (at the end of the notebook or
> between two existing cells) and then type Alt-7. Then just start typing and
> you will have a Text cell.
> Alternatively you can use Menu\Format\Style\Text to start a new Text cell.
> Often, it is useful to put the ToolBar at the top of the notebook. Use
> Menu\Format\Show ToolBar. The drop-down menu on the ToolBar has the various
> kinds of cells available for the current style of the notebook. You can
> select Text (or any other style) from there.
> Some users may hesitate to use Text cells because they want to include a
> mathematical expression in the comments. However, that is also very easy.
> Just use an Inline cell within the text cell. At the point within the text
> cell where you want to include a mathematical expression, start an Inline
> cell by typing Ctrl-(. A selection placeholder will appear on a pink
> background. You can type a Mathematica expression there just as in an Input
> cell. Use Ctrl-) to complete the Inline cell, or Shift-Space. You can even
> select an Inline cell and evaluate it with Shift-Ctrl-Enter.
> Putting comments in Text cells is far better than using Input cells (or cell
> group header cells). Mathematica won't try to evaluate Text cells, the text
> will wrap properly and adjust better to the notebook width if you change it.
> You can also check the spelling of words by putting the cursor after a word
> and using Ctrl-K. (In an Input cell Mathematica doesn't use the dictionary,
> but uses the table of symbols instead and hence it won't check spelling.)
> David Park
> djmp at

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