Assistance for Functions
If you are in doubt about a command's name or
the arguments it requires, you can access three helpers directly
from the command line.
- Auto Completion
Type the first couple of letters of the command name and press
CONTROL-K.* Mathematica will show
you a pop-up list of possible
completions. Try it by clicking the word Plot
in the following cell and pressing CONTROL-K.* You
might have to wait a couple of seconds for the kernel to start up.
This works even for your own functions and variables.
- Function Templates
If you want to see a template of the command and its optional parameters,
simply press CONTROL-SHIFT-K* and
provide a template. Try it by moving the cursor behind Plot3D and pressing CONTROL-SHIFT-K.*
You should see the following line.
Of course you can always use the input palettes provided in the
File -> Palettes submenu.
Simply press the correct button, and Mathematica will paste a
template of the function cell into the notebook. You can use the TAB key
to enter your parameters. For example, take a look at Basic
*These are the Windows shortcuts. For other platforms, please consult your