When copying Wolfram language commands from Notebook front end to stack exchange how do you format here? For example,

\*UnderoverscriptBox[\(\[Sum]\), \(\[Eta] = 1\), \(\[Tau]\)]
SuperscriptBox[\(\[Lambda]\), \(\[Eta]\)], \(\[Eta]\)]\)

Should look like

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At the very least how to do \[...greeks...]?


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I copy and paste your expression into a notebook and it is like this,

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Since this sum will evaluate, I wrap it in HoldForm and then apply TeXForm,

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I copy this expression and wrap it in $$, like this

$$\sum _{\eta =1}^{\tau } \frac{\lambda ^{\eta }}{\eta }$$

and on the main site, but not meta apparently, and it renders as

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This lets me put a math expression in a stack exchange post. But if I wanted to post usable code that is also readable, I could replace TeXForm with InputForm:

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which, when copied and pasted here gives

HoldForm[Sum[\[Lambda]^\[Eta]/\[Eta], {\[Eta], 1, \[Tau]}]]

This is already an improvement, but if you want to go a step further in readability, you can use the plugin described here (as pointed out by Rohit in comments), and get

HoldForm[Sum[λ^η/η, {η, 1, τ}]] 
  • Personally I prefer Ctrl+Shift+I.
    – xzczd
    Commented Oct 9, 2019 at 7:37
  • @xzczd. Do you mean in a Mathematica notebook or on our main site? And what does it accomplish? I am not familiar with this keyboard shortcut.
    – m_goldberg
    Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 18:07
  • @m_goldberg In Mathematica notebook. It accomplishes task similar to InputForm@Hold@\!\( \*UnderoverscriptBox[\(\[Sum]\), \(\[Eta] = 1\), \(\[Tau]\)] \*FractionBox[ SuperscriptBox[\(\[Lambda]\), \(\[Eta]\)], \(\[Eta]\)]\), except that Hold is not needed. The following is a GIF shows its usage (I've just pressed Ctrl+Shift+I and Ctrl+Shift+N): i.sstatic.net/yHeT4.gif This is mentioned in tutorial/KeyboardShortcutListing.
    – xzczd
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 6:41
  • @xzczd. I understand now. It's a little different on the MacOS version of the front-end, where it's Cmd+Shift+I. I use it too, but I usually just right click and get it off the popup context menu.
    – m_goldberg
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 19:42

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