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Oftentimes I would find it useful to insert plaintext, to not be evaluated as input, right next to my input code. Is there a shortcut key to insert such a plaintext input box? I have relied on comments (shortcut key Alt+/), but as I use a touchscreen display and a small Bluetooth keyboard, it is a real hassle to select a line of text and hit Alt+/. So I was looking for something easier.

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You can select up to the beginning of a line with Shift + Home – ssch Dec 6 '13 at 3:43
@ssch I know that! But I am typing on this Logitech Bluetooth keyboard which means I have to hit the FN key just to hit the home key. That means to do SHIFT + HOME and select the line, I have touch the screen at the start of the line, then hit FN + LEFT ARROW + SHIFT. – Identity Dec 6 '13 at 3:50
For everyone's benefit, here is the answer I found. – Identity Dec 6 '13 at 3:53
ALT+7 is for Text style, ALT+0 is for input, ... – Identity Dec 6 '13 at 5:09
Fof, if you have found a solution that indeed satisfies you, consider posting it as an answer for your own question for everyone's benefit! You could even accept it if no better answer appears after some time. – István Zachar Dec 6 '13 at 8:21

For everyone's benefit, here is the answer I found. CTRL+( then CTRL+).

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