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Re: Comments in the front end

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  • Subject: [mg73400] Re: [mg73366] Comments in the front end
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 05:04:58 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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You want to create text cells, title cells, and section cells along with 
the default input cells (and the output cells that result from 
evaluating input cells).   The (*  *) construction should be used 
sparingly, in places in an input cell where you must point out some 
particular thing that is better put right there instead of separate, 
documenting text cells.

Put the cursor in a place where you see the vertical line, where 
Mathematica is ready to create a new cell.

 From the Format menu select Style, and in the fly-out menu then select 
the type you want -- Text, Section, etc.  Then begin typing.  What you 
type will appear in a cell of that type.  It will NOT be an evaluatable 

To insert a mathematical expression within such a text-style cell, you 
want to insert an "in-line cell".  You may start it by typing Ctrl-( 
then type the expression then end it with Ctrl-) to get back into the 
plain text mode.

A few hours going through the docs will save you many, many hours of 
being stumped by such questions as you asked.

p at wrote:
> The front end is driving me batty.  I want to do hw using Mathematica, and put the
> problem statment at the top of the workbook.
> I put the problem statement within (*  *) but the formatting is horrendous,
> especially when I insert a matrix within the comments.
> Is there a way to tell Mathematica to leave comment formatting alone?
> Thanks!
> Pete

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