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Working with Notebooks

CalculationCenter 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, then 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 Text from the Style submenu of the Edit menu, or use the keyboard shortcut AltKeyLeftModified7RightModified (CommandKeyLeftModified7RightModified on Macintosh).

3. Start typing. The text goes into a new cell that has a format appropriate for ordinary text.

To change the style of a cell:

1. Click the cell bracket. The bracket is highlighted.

2. Select a style from the Style submenu, such as Section.

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 is shown with 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 Print in the File menu. The notebook styles will be automatically optimized for printing.

To change the overall look of a notebook:

1. Go to the Change Style Sheet submenu of the Edit menu.

2. Choose a style sheet. All cells in the notebook will change appearance, based on the definitions in the new style sheet.

CalculationCenter comes with a collection of color and black-and-white style sheets.


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

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