Why does Mathematica often pop me into wolfram alpha when I type an equal sign? I should emphasize that the equal sign is not at the beginning of the expression, nor is it preceded by CTRL. It is thus not covered by any case described in the documentation.

I have since experienced more weird behaviors. Typing an asterisk at the end of a line suddenly converted the cell into an "Item."

  • $\begingroup$ See "Interactive Wolfram Language Input" under Free-Form & External Input also Wolfram | Alpha Integration $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Aug 28 '20 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ Typing an equal sign at the start of line (or a double equal sign) both put you "outside" of Mathematica proper. $\endgroup$
    – bill s
    Aug 28 '20 at 17:59
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    $\begingroup$ I just experienced the same issue. It was within a With statement. Unfortunately I don't recall exactly what was I had written. Placing a space before the = "solved" the problem. This probably is a weird bug. Making it reproducible would be essential now. $\endgroup$
    – Natas
    Aug 30 '20 at 20:17
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    $\begingroup$ This sounds like a duplicate of mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/225948/45431 $\endgroup$
    – Carl Woll
    Aug 31 '20 at 21:12
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    $\begingroup$ @Mr.Wizard Yes, thank you. I seem to run the "June 9" edition of They seem to have a weird notion of version numbers... $\endgroup$
    – Natas
    Sep 1 '20 at 7:59