How do I insert the output of a command as formatted text in a live script.

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Alan
Alan on 18 Jan 2021
Answered: K. on 17 Mar 2021
Say I have a code line in a live script that generates output.
disp(magic(4))
I'd like to be able to copy the ouput
16 2 3 1
5 11 10 8
9 7 6 12
4 14 15 1
and past it a formatted text (monospaced, aligned, single line spacing) into the text of the script.
How do I do that?
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Rik
Rik on 17 Mar 2021
Maybe formattedDisplayText (introduced in R2021a) is useful in this context. See this blog post for context.

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Alan
Alan on 29 Jan 2021
I think I worked out how to do it, but don't understand what's going on behind the sceens.
If I make a normal script file with the single command disp(magic(5)), then copy and past the output into the m-file as a comment after a section break.
disp(magic(5))
%%
% 17 24 1 8 15
% 23 5 7 14 16
% 4 6 13 20 22
% 10 12 19 21 3
% 11 18 25 2 9
Then save that file as a Live Code file I get what I want (see screen shot or the attached file.)
In the Live Code file, there seems to be a formated text box, which is monospaced. There doesn't seem to be a way of inserting such a box using the menu commands. However, a text box can be copied and pasted from one Live Code file to another, and then edited.
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K.
K. on 17 Mar 2021
The box you are seeing is likely a "Code Example". To insert one, go to the "INSERT" Toolstrip and find the "Code Example" button. (The MATLAB option gives you MATLAB syntax highlighting inside the box.)

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Raynier Suresh
Raynier Suresh on 21 Jan 2021
Edited: Raynier Suresh on 21 Jan 2021
You can use the evalc to evaluate MATLAB expression and capture results.
results = evalc('magic(5)')
You can also refer the below link for more information.
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Rik
Rik on 21 Jan 2021
I'm not sure I would encourage people to use eval. Actually I am sure about my opinion. At the very least I would mention to be very careful.

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K.
K. on 17 Mar 2021
If I'm understanding your question correctly, the following might help. After running your live script, right click on the output and choose "Copy Output". Then paste it into a text (not code) area. If you don't have a line of text to paste it into, click the "Text" toolstrip button to insert a line of text first. For example:
If you'd then like to reduce the vertical spacing, you can do something like the other answer and convert it to a Code Example. Select the pasted text, go to the "INSERT" Toolstrip, and click the "Code Example" button:

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