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Entering Commands Directly

In addition to using controllers, you can type in commands directly from the keyboard. Press ShiftKeyKeyBarEnterKey to evaluate the input and view the result in your notebook.

Every calculation that you perform using a controller can also be done by typing and evaluating input in your notebook. With experience, you may find this method faster and more convenient than using controllers.

Type this input and press ShiftKeyKeyBarEnterKey to evaluate it. Mathematica CalcCenter automatically adds the In and Out labels.

Here is an example from algebra. To help you match brackets, the first bracket appears colored until the closing bracket is typed.

Here is an example from calculus using the Integrate command.

You can look up the syntax of any command in the Help Browser. The Help Browser also includes examples that you can edit and evaluate by pressing ShiftKeyKeyBarEnterKey.

See Getting Help for more information on the Help Browser.

Some Mathematica CalcCenter commands

To auto-complete a command:

  • 1. Type a part of the command into your notebook and select it.
  • 2. Press ControlKeyLeftModifiedKRightModifiedto replace the selected text with the full command name. On Macintosh press CloverLeafLeftModifiedKRightModified.
  • If more than one command matches the text, a pop-up menu showing a list of matching commands appears. Select a command from the pop-up menu to paste it into your notebook.

    To get a template for a command:

  • 1. Select a command name in your notebook.
  • 2. Press ShiftKeyKeyBarControlKeyLeftModifiedKRightModified or ShiftKeyKeyBarCloverLeafLeftModifiedKRightModified on Macintosh.
  • The template shows the full syntax of the command with dummy variables to indicate parameters you must specify.

    T I P S
    Bullet Variables may also be Greek letters or other mathematical symbols (see
    Entering Mathematical Notation).
    Bullet To abort a calculation, press AltKeyLeftModified.RightModified or CloverLeaf LeftModified.RightModified on Macintosh.