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Algebraic Manipulation Palette (Mathematica 10)

Posted 10 years ago

I am fairly new to Mathematica and have just installed Mathematica 10 on a Windows 8.1 system. The Algebraic Manipulation Palette does not seem to function correctly. In particular, clicking on a command from the palette, Expand[ ], for example, causes the command to be highlighted in the input area for a brief time and then to disappear leaving only a single box for the entry of an expression. The actual algebraic command, Expand in this case, does not appear at all. Has anyone else experienced this behavior or am I misunderstanding the use of the palette in some manner? Thanks for any comments or help.

POSTED BY: Joseph Pace
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Posted 10 years ago

Thank you for the guidance. That works as you explain. Sometimes the simplest things elude me. Thanks again.

POSTED BY: Joseph Pace

Try this: First select the expression in the notebook using the mouse, so it is highlighted. Then move the mouse and the click on the Expand[*] button in the palette. While moving the mouse to click on the Expand[*] command, the expression will remain highlighted.

You have to select the expression first, in the notebook, before clicking on the command. The command acts on the currently selected expression.

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POSTED BY: Nasser M. Abbasi
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