Working with Cells and Notebooks
Mathematica notebooks consist of sequences of cells. The various kinds of cells are listed in Format Style.
To create a new cell:
1. Move the pointer in the notebook window until it becomes a horizontal I-beam.
2. Click, and a cell insertion bar will appear; start typing. By default, new cells are Mathematica input cells.
To create a new cell to hold ordinary text:
1. Click in the notebook to get a cell insertion bar.
2. Choose Format Style Text.
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Use the keyboard shortcut 7 on Windows, 7 on Macintosh, or 7 on Unix.
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.
Select Format Show ToolBar to get a toolbar at the top of the notebook.
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 File Print. The notebook style will be automatically optimized for printing.
To change the overall look of a notebook:
1. Go to the Style Sheet submenu of the Format menu.
2. Choose a style sheet. All cells in the notebook will change appearance, based on the definitions in the new style sheet.
For more information
Notebooks: The Mathematica Book, Sections 1.3.4 and 1.3.5.