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Re: copy/paste of exponents

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  • Subject: [mg96439] Re: [mg96345] copy/paste of exponents
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 03:46:53 -0500 (EST)
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Turn off the formatting option which displays emoticons as graphics (what 
emoticons have to do with superscripts, I've got no idea).  I believe this is 
where you'll find the option setting...

Tools -> Options -> Display -> Formatting -> Plain Text Messages

...although I'm not a Thunderbird user, so that might be a bit off.

This is a very aggravating problem, and if there were anything we could do from 
the Mathematica end to work around this, we would.  Unfortunately, I think the 
only way to resolve the problem is to become a Thunderbird developer. Heck,
displaying the superscripts wouldn't be absolutely horrible if they would just 
put the ^ character on the clipboard when they were copied!

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 06:34:18 -0500 (EST), dh wrote:
> Hi,
> I think I am not the only one who has the annoying problem of copying
> formulas from Thunderbird and pasting it into Mathematica. All exponents
> (carets) are thereby lost. The problems comes from the fact, that
> Thunderbird interprets the caret and displays superscripts.
> A workaround is to use the menu: View/Message Source, where the carets
> are shown.
> However, it should be possible to configure Thunderbird to not interpret
> carets. But I failed to find out how and would appreciate if anybody
> knows it.
> Daniel

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