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Re: Using Text Cells

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  • Subject: [mg36930] Re: Using Text Cells
  • From: "Carl K. Woll" <carlw at>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 03:32:30 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Murray,

You will probably get an onslaught of emails. If I understand your question
correctly, all you need to do is to make sure the default inline cell format
is StandardForm. Go to the menu item Cell, select Default Inline FormatType,
and change it to StandardForm.

Carl Woll
Physics Dept
U of Washington

----- Original Message -----
From: "Murray Eisenberg" <murraye at>
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg36930] Re: Using Text Cells

> 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
> fraction:
> 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
> 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
> Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
> Lederle Graduate Research Tower      phone 413 549-1020 (H)
> University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
> 710 North Pleasant Street
> Amherst, MA 01375

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