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How to | Use the Virtual Book
The Virtual Book is a browsable electronic collection of all the Mathematica tutorials, grouped according to functionality. It is an excellent place for users of all levels of experience to gain more detailed knowledge of Mathematica.
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If the Mathematica tutorials were made into a book, it would be over 11,000 pages long! It is for this reason that Mathematica now contains a Virtual Book in its Documentation Center.
You can open the Virtual Book by clicking the
Click for copyable input
icon at the top of a Documentation Center window, or by using the Help menu:
The tutorials in the Virtual Book are grouped together by their functionality:
For instance, if you want to learn about lists, open the Core Language section and then the Lists subsection. Click a subject that interests you to bring up the corresponding tutorial:
Tutorials contain detailed explanations, examples, and links to documentation on commonly used functions.
The bottom of each tutorial contains links to related tutorials:
In addition, web links to commonly used functions and related tutorials can be found in the upper-right corner of each tutorial: