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Notebook Basics
From simple calculations to full publishable documents and sophisticated dynamic interfaces, everything you can do with Mathematica's standard interactive interface is done in a notebook. Carefully designed to leverage familiar word-processing metaphors, Mathematica notebooks are uniquely powerful computational documents that support live computation, arbitrary dynamic interfaces, full typeset input, image input, automatic code annotation, a complete high-level programmatic interface, and in all, thousands of carefully organized functions and options.
Shift+Enter do a computation
    
choose how to enter input (Mathematica language, free-form, text, etc.)
( at beginning of input) — use free-form linguistics to generate Mathematica output
    
F1 get information or help
[Right-click] — get a context-specific menu
    
double-click a group bracket open or close a cell group
double-click cell brackets close all other cells in a group
Alt+. abort a computation
Ctrl+L copy input from above
triple-click select a function and its arguments
Subscript (Ctrl+_ ▪ Special Character  ▪ Convert to StandardForm  ▪ Why the Coloring?  ▪ ...
Alt+7 text cell (with default stylesheet) (FormatStyle...)
Alt+4 section-heading cell (with default stylesheet)
Alt+Enter create a new cell of the same style
Graphics Operations
drag rotate a 3D graphic
Ctrl+D open graphics drawing tools (GraphicsDrawing Tools)
Global Notebook Operations
Save AsHTML, etc.  ▪ Notebook History  ▪ Check Spelling  ▪ Send To
    
FileNew  ▪ Save  ▪ Print  ▪ Exit  ▪ ...
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