Entering Ctrl+= on selected text results in the display of an interpreted Quantity, with the option to accept it, or choose other interpretations. The only way I know of to accept the interpretation is using the pointer to click the check-mark. Is there a way of accepting the interpretation using the keyboard?

Edit to add: I want to do this within a Text Cell. Also, I am using version "10.4.0 for Microsoft Windows (64-bit) (February 26, 2016)".

  • $\begingroup$ It's worth noting that you don't actually need to accept it to use it. $\endgroup$
    – b3m2a1
    Feb 6, 2018 at 21:02

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I recommend accepting input using in-place evaluation. This is done with cmdenter in MacOS. On Windows it is probably done using ctrlenter. In order to use in-place evaluation you first need to select the input, which you can do using shiftleft, if the cursor is placed to the right of the input.


Example of in-place evaluation.

As a sidenote, I also recommend this approach for prettifying input with entities:

A second example of in-place evaluation.

Normally the entity would stay formatted as code (Entity["Country", "Sweden"]), but I can represent it with the more visually pleasing entity representation that we are used to seeing in output by using in-place evaluation.

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    $\begingroup$ In Windows, in-place evaluation is done with Ctrl + Shift + Enter $\endgroup$ Feb 7, 2018 at 14:05

For programmatic, non-interactive use, where you just want to take the first result, I recommend Interpreter over Ctrl-=,

Interpreter["Quantity"] /@ {"16 miles per hour", "22 gallons", 
  "twelve parsecs", "4 widgets"}

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