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Moving through Expressions

Moving the cursor by typing

You can use the keyboard to move the cursor forward or backward one character or one word at a time. You can also delete the character or word to the right or the left of the cursor, and you can move the cursor to the beginning or end of a line.

See the Motion submenu of the Edit menu for the keystrokes specific to your computer system.

Getting out of an expression

Move to the end of the next-higher subexpression by pressing ControlKey and SpaceKey at the same time.

Press ControlKeyKeyBarSpaceKey repeatedly

Selecting the next placeholder

Select the next placeholder by pressing the TabKey key.

Press TabKey repeatedly

Select the previous placeholder by pressing ShiftKey and TabKey at the same time.

Press ShiftKeyKeyBarTabKey repeatedly

Switching positions

Move back and forth between complementary positions by pressing ControlKeyLeftModified5RightModified or ControlKeyLeftModified%RightModified.

First we alternate between a radicand and an index.

Press ControlKeyLeftModified% RightModified

Press ControlKeyLeftModified% RightModified

Next we alternate between a superscript and a subscript.

Press ControlKeyLeftModified% RightModified

Press ControlKeyLeftModified% RightModified

Finally, we alternate between an overscript and an underscript.

Press ControlKeyLeftModified% RightModified

Press ControlKeyLeftModified% RightModified