I have a $6\times 6$ matrix in a comment that I wrote. I wanted to copy it and paste it into a new question.

But apparently that can't be done. After I post a comment, I can't click on "edit" unless, apparently, I do it within a few seconds, so I can't copy the TeX code. And copying the rendered version doesn't give me the TeX code.

But in Wikipedia articles, I can copy the rendered version and then paste, and what gets pasted is the TeX code.

Is there some way to overcome this and copy-and-paste?

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    $\begingroup$ If you're at the point where you're writing $6 \times 6$ matrices, you should be taking the conversation out of the comments already... $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2011 at 20:14
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    $\begingroup$ "I can't click on edit unless, apparently, I do it within a few seconds" The number of seconds is 5*60 = 300. $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2011 at 2:25

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Yes. Rightclick the TeX code, such as $\int _{\alpha} ^\beta f(x) \mathrm{d} x$. There is the option to "show the source" - at least in Firefox. Open this, and it will show the TeX code. Copy this, put it in its own special set of \$ \$ marks, and you have duplicated the TeX.

  • $\begingroup$ +1, Excellent! I never knew this. $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2011 at 22:16
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    $\begingroup$ Anyone know the Mac-equivalent of Rightclick? $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2011 at 0:42
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    $\begingroup$ @Gerry Ctrl+click, which is easily found by Googling, e.g. "mac right click". $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2011 at 1:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Bill, thanks. I'll learn how to use this machine one of these days.... $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2011 at 5:44

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