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

Cell Groups and Outlining »

double-click a group bracket open or close a cell group

double-click cell brackets close all other cells in a group

Managing Computations »

Alt+. abort a computation

Ctrl+L copy input from above

Selecting and Typing »

triple-click select a function and its arguments

Subscript (Ctrl+_) ▪ Special Character ▪ Convert to StandardForm ▪ Why the Coloring? ▪ ...

Styling & Formatting »

Alt+7 text cell (with default stylesheet) (Format ► Style ► ...)

Alt+4 section-heading cell (with default stylesheet)

Alt+Enter create a new cell of the same style

Format ►  Stylesheet ▪ ...

Graphics Operations

drag rotate a 3D graphic

Ctrl+D open graphics drawing tools (Graphics ► Drawing Tools)

Global Notebook Operations

Save As ► HTML, etc. ▪ Notebook History ▪ Check Spelling ▪ Send To

Notebook Environment Customization »

Preferences ▪ Option Inspector ▪ ...

Menu Items »

File ► New ▪ Save ▪ Print ▪ Exit ▪ ...

Insert ► Table/Matrix ▪ Drawing Tools ▪ Option Inspector ▪ ...

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