Following on from this question: Is it possible to convert an expression to InputForm or StandardForm without losing the comments?

For example,

f[blah_] := Cos[blah] (* this is a comment *)
f[blah2_] := Cos[blah2] (* this is also a comment *)

selecting the cell and pressing Shift+Ctrl+N gives,

f[blah_] := Cos[blah] 
f[blah2_] := Cos[blah2]
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    $\begingroup$ Not that I am aware of, but there may be an undocumented function that does this. You never know. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ How would you format, for example, (Sum(* boo *))[x, x] in standard form? $\endgroup$
    – Rojo
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 20:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Rojo I would like to turn it into a ToolTip :) $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 3:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Silvia then we want to convert it into SilviaForm :). Tooltip of the big sigma? I'm just thinking that the specifications are not so automatic $\endgroup$
    – Rojo
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Rojo TemplateBox[{"x","boo",ToBoxes[f[x]]},"commentedSum",DisplayFunction:>(RowBox[{TooltipBox[UnderscriptBox["\[Sum]",#1],#2],#3}]&)]//RawBoxes :) btw SilviaForm is a great name! I'll consider using it somewhere ;) $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 18:57

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If you highlight the code you wish to convert (one line at a time) and right click, then Convert To: this might be what your looking for.

  • $\begingroup$ Make Sure you do not highlight the comments. $\endgroup$
    – Bob Brooks
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 16:21

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