How to | Change the Form of Input and Output

The user interface for the Wolfram System provides many options for formatting input and output.

The sum of from to is :

While correct, this does not look like traditional mathematics. Select the cell group, then choose the menu item Cell Convert To TraditionalForm:

Alternatively, if you only want to format the answer, apply TraditionalForm:


InputForm and StandardForm work in reverse.

Use InputForm to find out how to type an expression into the Wolfram Language:

StandardForm is more compact than InputForm and is unambiguous to the Wolfram Language:

TraditionalForm is sometimes ambiguous; in this case, the Wolfram Language treats f first as a number and then as a function:

  • Forms of Input and Output
  • Textual Input and Output
  • The Representation of Textual Forms
  • The Interpretation of Textual Forms
  • Converting between Strings, Boxes, and Expressions
  • How to: Format Numbers and Equations
  • TraditionalForm  InputForm  StandardForm  FullForm

  • Cell Menu
  • Tokens Related to the Cell Menu
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