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Re: Suggestions

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  • Subject: [mg111715] Re: Suggestions
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 04:47:00 -0400 (EDT)

Using the Alt+ shortcut is already an expedient I'm reduced to using at 

Unfortunately, that gives the selected text a fixed font size. And 
although that will automatically scale if you magnify the document, it 
fails if you use a different environment. For example, if you switch to 
  Presentation environment, now what was magnified can actually become 
smaller than the surrounding text!

What's needed is a user-friendly means of specifying ratios of 
magnification rather than fixed-size magnification.

On 8/10/2010 3:56 AM, Helen Read wrote:
> On 8/9/2010 5:12 AM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> Yes, that works. But it seems unnecessarily indirect. When I'm typing a
>> text cell, I hate to interrupt the flow of thought by going to a
>> different cell to create the fraction, then put it into the text cell.
>> What might be better is a Format menu entry for changing the fraction
>> size change.
>> Actually, the problem is even worse than fractions: integral signs,
>> summation signs, etc., whose height one should be able to change easily
>> (without the kludge of selecting the characters and specifying a
>> different point size -- which then gets messed-up when you print or
>> change to a different screen environment, such as Presentation).
> I habitually select the fraction or integral or whatever (Ctl-. is
> helpful for selecting), then Alt-+ once or twice to enlarge it. I do
> this so often I don't even think about it. It's all keyboard shortcuts,
> and does not interrupt the flow of typing in a text cell.

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