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RE: Re: Using Text Cells

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  • Subject: [mg36915] RE: [mg36892] Re: [mg36854] Using Text Cells
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 03:31:41 -0400 (EDT)
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I don't like TraditionalForm for Inline cells either. I just use
Menu\Cell\Default Inline Format Type\Standard Form. Also, when I design my
own style sheets I often define a bolder font for Inline cells so they stand
out better.

David Park
djmp at

From: Murray Eisenberg [mailto:murraye at]
To: mathgroup at

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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