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Mathematica Menu Item

Cell Convert To Text Display

Text Display
displays the selection as plain text without interpreting it.
  • If the cell contains structured typeset expressions, such as fractions or superscripts, Text Display will simply convert them to linear syntax notation and will not put them in InputForm.