I want to copy some text from MathOverflow, that contains mathematical formulas, to LyX. Currently the text looks like this:

So, we have $2r = 2rr+rl$ and $2l = 2ll+rl$.

How can I automatically convert all the text between $ symbols to LyX formulas?

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    This feature has been requested for a while (the ticket is 7 years old) and was finally implemented by Georg Baum for LyX 2.1. In LyX 2.1 you can go to Edit > Paste Special > Paste From LaTeX. If you happen to use Ubuntu, it's very easy to use 2.1beta2 simultaneously with your current version of LyX without any conflict. – scottkosty Nov 20 '13 at 17:24

As far as I know you have to do it manually, but in a short way:

  • Copy that line and insert it into LyX
  • Mark the $2r = 2rr+rl$ with (!) the two $
  • hit Insert->Math->Inline

that will convert that expression into inline math code.

  • OK, but what do I do if I have tens of them? Is there a way to convert all of them automatically? – Erel Segal-Halevi Nov 20 '13 at 17:29
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    only when they are all in an external file which is then included or as an alternative: Hit CTRL-L and insert the equations as ERT. Looks a bit weird but works – user2478 Nov 20 '13 at 17:34
  • OK, I put everything inside Ctrl+L and it works, thanks. – Erel Segal-Halevi Nov 21 '13 at 9:32
  • @ErelSegalHalevi you might also want to put the ERT in an insert > Preview box. This depends on your preference. – scottkosty Nov 22 '13 at 0:06

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