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I've seen some very nicely formatted Mathematica notebooks with sections, explanatory text, etc., but I can't figure out how to do something similar. The documentation is not especially helpful here so I'm asking here.

I see you can group cells together, and then I've tried putting a line at the top to be a section header - say, "Preliminaries." In this cell I've done a few different things to try to make it text - Cell/Convert To/Text Display, Cell/Cell Properties/Uncheck Editable, Format/Style/Section - but still the cell saying Preliminaries is evaluatable. Doing practically anything - even right-clicking the text in that cell - will change its format/style back form Section to Input.

How do I make a true section header, a cell that really contains text and not something that Mathematica can evaluate?

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Format > Style > Section or Cmd/Alt + 4. This is described in the documentation here: reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/tutorial/… and also in the linked "Notebook Basics" article. –  rm -rf Mar 5 '14 at 17:46

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Try the following:

  1. Mark the cell that contains your header.
  2. Press "ALT"+"4".

That should do the trick.

(ALT+4 is the short cut for "Format">"Style">"Section".)

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AH. I wasn't marking the whole cell, I had the cursor on the text inside the cell. Thanks! –  Adam Mar 5 '14 at 17:58

This may be overkill, but you can do a lot with two or three levels of headings, group openers, and a style sheet to create different levels of indentation. See, for example, this answer.

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