In the guide/WolframAlphaIntegration documentation it says that

= : use free-form linguistics to generate Wolfram Language output

==: generate full Wolfram|Alpha output

Ctrl+= : enters free-form linguistics

But for me (Mathematica 10.0.2) Ctrl+= does not open a box as it should (see this)

Any idea why ?


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The keyboard shortcut might be different on your computer if you use a non-English keyboard layout. Or at least it's worth checking this.

Go to the Insert menu and look for "Inline free-form input". It's the fourth entry in the menu. The keyboard shortcut will be shown next to it.

  • $\begingroup$ This should really be more clear in the documentation, I recall that Estonian keyboards had huge problems with most built-in shortcuts in Mma. $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2015 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot ! Using the menu, everything is fine ! $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2015 at 14:22
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    $\begingroup$ @FrançoisHurter So did you find the correct shortcut? What was it? And what keyboard layout are you using? $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jun 26, 2015 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Ah no, the shortcut does not work ! Only the "menu" approach... $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2015 at 16:55
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    $\begingroup$ What is strange is that the menu shows Ctrl+= but it does not work. I have a Swiss french keyboard. $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2015 at 16:56

This problem is typical for all keyboard layouts where = is typed in by using Shift, for example, as Shift+0 on a German keyboard.

On such a keyboard Ctrl+= is typed in using Ctrl+Shift+0. However, under Windows Ctrl+Shift by default is the keyboard shortcut used to switch between input languages. The following screen snipped shows how to deactivate this default behavior and therefore get Ctrl+Shift+0 to insert the Inline Free-form Input. ScreenSnipped


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