# [OS X TeX] Interactive TeX

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Dec 4 10:29:58 EST 2009

On Dec 4, 2009, at 9:17 AM, George Gratzer wrote:

> According to Appendix D.4 in my book, you get into Interactive TeX by typesetting a document without \end{document}. You get the * prompt, and the you can type e.g.
>
> \show \alpha
>
> to get the definition of \alpha.
>
> In my console window, I get the * prompt, but cannot type
>
> \show \alpha
>
> Why?
>
> GG

Howdy,

You've got to press Return at the end of each line before it gets transmitted to TeX. I assume you're using TeXShop and typing into the text field in the Console window.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)