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is the low-level representation of a cell inside a Mathematica notebook.
Cell[contents, "style"]
represents a cell in the specified style.
  • Mathematica notebooks consist of lists of Cell objects.
  • You can see the form of a cell as an expression by using the Show Expression menu command in the standard Mathematica front end.
  • The contents of cells can be the following:
"text"plain text
TextData[{text1,text2,...}]general text objects
BoxData[boxes]formatted Mathematica expressions
text as generated by OutputForm
RawData["data"]unformatted expressions
GraphicsData["type",data]non-expression graphics or sound data
group of cells
StyleData["style"]sample cell for a particular style
  • In any given notebook, a collection of possible cell styles are defined, typically with names such as "Title", "Section", "Input" and "Output".
  • Cells can have many options, including:
Backgroundthe color of the background for the cell
CellFramewhether to draw a frame around the cell
CellTagstags for the cell
Editablewhether to allow the contents of the cell to be edited
FontSizethe default size of text in the cell
TextAlignmenthow to align text in the cell
Create a text cell from a low-level description:
Click for copyable input
Create an expression cell from a low-level description:
Click for copyable input
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