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I've been typesetting in mathematica and would like to know if it is possible to use a keyboard shortcut to place a centered math cell or equation symbol aligned math cell in my document without having to use the writing assistant.

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It may be possible like this: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/19135/… –  Szabolcs Apr 24 '13 at 0:08
    
@Szabolcs thank you. I'll have to tinker with this, but this seems like a good place to start. –  Black Milk Apr 25 '13 at 2:00
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The basic steps would be: in the style editor, choose the style that you want to add as shortcut to from the dropdown. It'll insert a cell. Select the cell and press Control-Shift-E to show its structure. Add MenuCommandKey -> "8" to the end to make it possible to insert it with Alt-8 (Command-8 on Mac). Note that 8 is taken by code style cells, so you'll need to edit those too and put MenuCommandKey -> None in their definition. Ask if you need more help. I haven't played with your specific example, but I did do this for other styles. –  Szabolcs Apr 25 '13 at 2:41
    
@Szabolcs I've tried your method with other styles and it works perfectly. However, I don't know how to pull up the style definitions for a centered math cell. Is there a way to find this? –  Black Milk Apr 25 '13 at 3:20
    
If you choose the JournalArticle StyleSheet for your typesetting, you will have such a hot key automatically: Alt+5 for a centered equation line style and Alt+6 for a numbered equation. –  Alexei Boulbitch Apr 25 '13 at 7:04
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