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RE: Writing regular text?

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  • Subject: [mg65124] RE: [mg65068] Writing regular text?
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 06:28:47 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

1) Click between cells, or after the last cell to obtain a horizontal line.

2) Use Menu -> Format -> Style and choose Text.

3) Start typing your text (without clicking again).

Notice that in the Style menu the common cell types all have shortcuts.
Alt-7 for Text cells. So you could simply do step (1), Alt-7 and start
typing your text. Once you get to know the shortcuts it's easier.

Another method is to put a Toolbar at the top of your notebook. Use Menu ->
Format -> Show Toolbar. The drop down menu on the left allows you select
cell types.

You can also type equations and expressions in a Text cell. While in the
Text cell press Ctrl-( and an inline cell will appear. Then type your
Mathematica expression. Press Ctrl-) to exit, or use the arrow key.

Text cells are extremely useful, for making notes to yourself, for
organizing your thoughts and for communicating with other people. I claim
they are just as important as the Input/Output cells. It is also useful to
learn how to use Sections to organize your work. You are certainly doing the
right thing to learn how to do this at the beginning.

David Park
djmp at

From: Rex Eastbourne [mailto:rex.eastbourne at]
To: mathgroup at

Just got started with Mathematica today. I know this is extremely
basic, but is there a special mode to input regular text between
mathematical expressions in a notebook? (i.e. as would be done on a
homework assignment).


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