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Automatic Text Styling Features
Mathematica uses its knowledge of the symbolic structure of your input to display it with semantics-directed syntax coloring and other forms of styling. You can use options to control the details of this behavior, either programmatically or through the Preferences dialog.
PreferencesSyntax Coloring set details of syntax coloring
ShowAutoStyles whether to display syntax coloring and other automatic styling
PreferencesNumbers formatting of numbers (digit blocks, default precision, etc.)
AutoMultiplicationSymbol whether to display × for number multiplication
ShowStringCharacters whether to display quotes around strings
ShowSpecialCharacters whether to turn \[...] sequences into special characters
InputAliases definitions for arbitrary Esc aliases
InputAutoReplacements automatic character sequence replacements to do
AutoItalicWords words to automatically make italic
SingleLetterItalics whether to make single-letter mathematical variables italic
AutoIndent whether to add an indent after a newline is entered
DelimiterFlashTime how long to flash matching delimiters
ShowCursorTracker whether to display a real-time spot when if the cursor jumps