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I am writing a paper and in conjunction with the paper I want to submit a Mathematica file that shows the numerical calculations. But I want it to follow in order of the paper. I know this is probably a silly and easy question. How do I enter text without using the Text command? In other words, how do I get the use Mathematica as, say, a word document in which I can then input commands after? Sorry for the basic question but I don't get it.

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    $\begingroup$ You can select a cell and do Format > Style > Text (keyboard shortcut Alt+7). Also, in the current version, you should see a popup prompting you to convert your cell into a text cell when you start typing something that looks like a sentence. $\endgroup$
    – J. M.'s torpor
    Jul 10 '16 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! That should take care of it. $\endgroup$ Jul 10 '16 at 15:07
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    $\begingroup$ @J.M. basic but useful - answer? $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Jul 10 '16 at 15:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Yves, prolly later; I'm running something at the moment. (But if you'd like to write one on my behalf... ;)) $\endgroup$
    – J. M.'s torpor
    Jul 10 '16 at 15:19
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(J.M.'s comment)

You can select a cell and do Format > Style > Text,

menu item

or you can directly right-click on a cell bracket,

right-clicking

or you can convert or generate a new text cell by the keyboard shortcut Alt+7.

Also, in version 10, you should see a popup prompting you to convert your cell into a text cell when you start typing something that looks like a sentence, even in an input cell: popup

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @István for the initial write-up! I've added screenshots for further illustration. $\endgroup$
    – J. M.'s torpor
    Jul 10 '16 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. You're welcome. $\endgroup$ Jul 10 '16 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ This was awesome! Thanks $\endgroup$ Jul 11 '16 at 20:23

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