Is there an option or can one be implemented so that new users like myself can view the "source code" of others answers. Obviously there are many tutorials in which we can find the correct commands, but I feel that typesetting math is somewhat of an art form.

If this were the case, maybe some of the moderators wouldn't have to constantly remind new users about proper formatting. Maybe my idea is awful or I am just being lazy, but I would love to be able to view the LaTeX input of some beautiful looking answers.


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Yes there is! Just right click on the equation you want to view, click "Show Math As" and then click "Tex Commands"

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    $\begingroup$ I have a mac, without a mouse and the ability to right click. I feel dumb now! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 5:13
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    $\begingroup$ Here is also a picture: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/18889/… $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 24, 2014 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ @mathamphetamines: Holding down the Ctrl key and clicking as normal can be used to simulate a right-click on a Mac. $\endgroup$
    – alexwlchan
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ Or tapping with two fingers if you have a tap to click feature enabled. $\endgroup$
    – MickG
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 16:15

The quickest way to see the source for an entire question (or answer) is to start editing it! When your curiosity is satisfied, just click "cancel" instead of "Save Edits".


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