How can I transfer code from a Mathematica notebook to a Microsoft Word document in a way that all formatting I see in the notebook is preserved?

I want to preserve the font, the indentation and the syntax colouring.

I am using Mathematica on Windows.

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    $\begingroup$ You might consider library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Demos/5698 written by Mike Honeychurch. I don't know if the described process still works (as it was written in 2005). $\endgroup$
    – JimB
    Jan 29 '17 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ Depending on how much editing you want to do, there's also "Save as...RTF". $\endgroup$
    – JimB
    Jan 29 '17 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Jim Baldwin I tried that, but ist not working for me... $\endgroup$
    – henry
    Jan 30 '17 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ You can save the notebook as web-page and further open it by Word. However, modern versions of MS Word has a lot of security restrictions preventing the evaluation of an active content of web-pages and other files. So, you may be need to switch off some of the security settings to open this web-page for edition in Word. But it is fully possible. The rtf-version of the notebook appears too ugly.. $\endgroup$
    – Rom38
    Jan 30 '17 at 7:41
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    $\begingroup$ You could always use $\LaTeX$ and forget about word altogether :) $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Jan 30 '17 at 7:44

The user Szabolcs gave the answer.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open your Mathematica Notebook
  2. Ctrl+A, if you want to selct all your cells or simply select your desired cells
  3. Go to: Edit -> Copy as -> Metafile
  4. Open Word: Ctrl+V (paste)


  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs Thank you very much ! $\endgroup$
    – henry
    Jan 30 '17 at 19:09

You can copy-as-MathML from Mathematica directly into Word. Have fun! Edit

To address your comment. This is a fragment of my Mathematica notebook:

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These are the corresponding formulas inserted into the Formel Editor of Word 2013

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It works for me.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think that's really viable. Formatting is not retained in any but the simplest of cases. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Jan 30 '17 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ @ MarcoB Please have a look to the edit to my answer. $\endgroup$ Jan 30 '17 at 12:11
  • $\begingroup$ Can you also copy functions like NDSolve[...] with the right coloring, spacing, etc ? $\endgroup$
    – henry
    Jan 30 '17 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ @DoHe No, coloring does not hold. The question has been, however, different. It was only about mathematical formulas. $\endgroup$ Jan 30 '17 at 13:02
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    $\begingroup$ okay, thanks a lot.:) My question however concerns the entire Code. $\endgroup$
    – henry
    Jan 30 '17 at 14:36

enter image description hereHere are the steps:

  • Install MathType Editor
  • Open your Mathematica Notebook
  • ctrl+c your formula and paste MathtypeEditor
  • ctrl+c your formula in MathtypeEditor
  • Open Word: ctrl+v (paste)
  • You can also arrange your formula in Word.
  • $\begingroup$ Does it address syntax highlighting, indentation and fonts? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 26 '18 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, MathType Editor correspond to MS Office. You can easily try it. $\endgroup$ Mar 26 '18 at 21:32
  • $\begingroup$ I know what it is about. But I don't see how syntax highlighting information is supposed to be preserved here. Can you show an example, with let's say Module[{x}, x] and x highlighted? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 26 '18 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ As you can see relative font sizes are not preserved, neither indentation. There is not syntax highlighting so can't judge by the image. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 27 '18 at 7:15

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