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Working with Notebooks

Mathematica CalcCenter notebooks integrate text, equations, and graphics in a convenient, platform-independent format. You can send them via email or post them on the web.

Each notebook consists of a series of cells. Cells come in a variety of styles such as Title, Section, Input, and Text. By adjusting the styles of cells, you can control the structure of your document in a flexible way.

To create a new cell:

  • 1. Move the pointer until it becomes a horizontal I-beam.
  • 2. Click and a cell insertion bar will appear; start typing. By default, new cells are created in the Input style.
  • To create a new cell to hold ordinary text:

  • 1. Click in the notebook to get a cell insertion bar.
  • 2. Choose Edit RightTriangle Style RightTriangle Text ,
    use the keyboard shortcut AltKeyLeftModified7RightModified or CommandKeyLeftModified7RightModified on Macintosh.
  • 3. When you start typing, a text cell bracket appears.
  • To change the style of a cell:

  • 1. Click the cell bracket. The bracket is highlighted.
  • 2. Select a style from the Style submenu. The cell will immediately reflect the change.
  • To close a group of cells:

    Double-click the outermost cell bracket of the group.

    When a group is closed, only the first cell in the group is displayed and the group bracket has a triangular flag at the bottom.

    To open a group of cells:

    Double-click a closed group's cell bracket.

    To print a notebook:

    Choose File RightTriangle Print. The notebook styles will be automatically optimized for printing.

    To change the overall look of a notebook:

  • 1. Choose Edit RightTriangle Change Style Sheet.
  • 2. Choose a style sheet from the Change Style Sheet submenus. All cells in the notebook will change appearance, based on the definitions in the new style sheet.
  • Mathematica CalcCenter comes with a collection of color and black-and-white style sheets.

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    Bullet For colleagues without Mathematica CalcCenter, a free read-only viewer for notebooks,  , is available from Wolfram Research. It can be downloaded from