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Re: How to format Superscript and Subscript for a symbol to the same

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  • Subject: [mg104284] Re: How to format Superscript and Subscript for a symbol to the same
  • From: Albert Retey <awnl at gmx-topmail.de>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 01:12:24 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <hbu7n6$7g0$1@smc.vnet.net>

Nasser M. Abbasi wrote:
>> I am actually trying to use Mathematica more to type set some math inside 
>> a Text cell, and the above is one problem I find.  I actually use the 
>> keyboard and type Ctrl9 to open a math cell inside the text cell and type
>>
>>            x Ctrl ^2 spacebar Ctrl _1
>>
>> and I get
>>
>>    2
>> (x   )
>>       1
>>
>> when I want
>>
>>
>>  2
>> x
>>  1
>>
> 
> I found a way, but an awkward way to do the above. Here are the steps
> 
> Ctrl-9 to open math cell (I am inside a text cell) then typed
> 
> x Ctrl[6] 2    (this is the same as Ctrl^2 for superscript
> 
> now I selected x again (did this to prevent the parenthesis from being 
> created) and typed Ctrl[-] 1    for subscript
> 
> But now the "2" and "1" are not on the same level, so now I selected the "2" 
> and typed Alt[Left] few times until it is aligned over the "1".   Alt[left] 
> is Nudge Left (use the arrow key)
> 
> Ok, the output is ok, but too many steps to do, and I think Latex looks 
> little better?  Here is screen shot for Mathematica and for latex to compare
> 
> http://12000.org/tmp/formating_oct_22_2009/Mathematica.PNG
> http://12000.org/tmp/formating_oct_22_2009/latex.PNG
> 
> I hope there still a way to do this easier in Mathematica.

Subsuperscript[x, 1, 2]

the documentation for Subusperscript explains how to input this with
keyboard shortcuts.

hth,

albert


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