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In order to write to a Text cell, you usually just start typing. Then you find out that you are writing in an Input cell. Then you want to convert the current cell to a Text cell. In order to to this you

  1. have to click on the cell bracket in order to select the cell itself,

  2. then hit Alt+7

I want to combine this alltogether to a single Alt+7 (provided that the focus is just inside a cell, the normal behaviour in other situations shall not be altered to maintain as much compatibility as possible).

Remarks:

1.) I would also like this for the other possibilities from Format>Style, i.e. not just Alt+7 but rather Alt+1 .... Alt+9.

2.) If Alt++ and Alt+- are not yet bound, I would like Alt++ to promote the currently assigned state of the cell up by one (i.e. Number from Alt+number down by one, but no further than 1, because the assignments are made that way) and I would like Alt+- to downgrade currently assigned state of the cell by one (i.e. increment the number from Alt+number by 1, but no further than 9).

If Alt+ and Alt- are already bound, what about Alt+> andd Alt+< ?

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Wolfram Research has "sort of" fixed this annoyance in Mathematica 10.3:

If you start typing a Machine Learning algorithm running in the front end detects that you are writing text and offers you these options:

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hit Enter or Tab to convert to text cell

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In Mathematica versions: 8, 9 and 10: you can save yourself the inefficiency of the mouse by hitting the following shortcut keys:

Down Arrow then Shift + [Up Arrow] to select the cell

then finally hit Alt+7

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(a very simple way is to reverse) just BackSpace delete your characters until the cell is empty;

then hit Alt+7;

then type your characters again

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  • $\begingroup$ "Machine Learning algorithm": Does this mean, that I first have to install the framework described in unisoftwareplus.at/download/mlf/2.1/mlf-2.1.0-documentation.pdf? $\endgroup$ – Adalbert Hanßen Jan 24 '16 at 19:13
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    $\begingroup$ I have seen, I misunderstood it. After starting to type the second word, the shown choice is displayed. Normally I do not constantly look at the screen when writing. Ok, Tab seems to be the key to convert the input to a text cell. Which key is denoted by the S in a square? $\endgroup$ – Adalbert Hanßen Jan 25 '16 at 13:41

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