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Re: Copy As menu command

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  • Subject: [mg55162] Re: [mg55144] Copy As menu command
  • From: DrBob <drbob at>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 00:21:45 -0500 (EST)
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When plain Copy-Paste doesn't work, the best option is usually to convert the cell to InputForm and THEN Copy-Paste. I generally use the first method unless it's ugly, then use the second. Sometimes the second is also ugly, but in that case, I don't think there's any cure possible (let alone available).


On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 03:43:44 -0500 (EST), Gregory Lypny <gregory.lypny at> wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> I'm using Mathematica 5.1 on Mac OS X 10.3.8, and I'm having trouble
> copying numerical output cells using the Copy As... command under the
> Edit menu.  I can't avoid getting all of the the hidden formatting
> codes when I paste into another document such as TextEdit.  I've tried
> all of them, and in particular, Plain Text, Formatted Text, and Text
> (add white space) but I still get all of the gibberish.  I can copy as
> PICT but that's no good because I need to be able to format later on.
> Is there any way to copy the results of calculations without having to
> export?
> 	Greg
> For what it's worth, Mathematica's help browser says this:
>  Selections can be copied in the following formats:
>     Plain Text, Formatted Text, Text (add whitespace), Cell Expression,
> Notebook Expression, Complete Notebook, and MathML. Plain Text removes
> any information about styles, while Formatted Text preserves style
> information.
>     On Windows also: Bitmap (BMP), Windows Metafile (WMF), and Wave
> (WAV).
>     On Macintosh also: PICT, Bitmap PICT, PICT with Embedded PostScript,
> and QuickTime.

DrBob at

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