displays with expr in plain text format.


is a graphics primitive that displays the textual form of expr centered at the point specified by coords.

Details and Options

  • The text is displayed by default in StandardForm, but in a typical textual font such as Arial or Helvetica.
  • Text can be used in both two- and three-dimensional graphics.
  • In graphics, Text[expr] is equivalent to Text[expr,{0,0}] or Text[expr,{0,0,0}].
  • Text[expr,coords] works like Inset[expr,coords].
  • The coordinates can be specified either as {x,y,} or as Scaled[{x,y,}]. »
  • In two dimensions, coordinates can also be specified using Offset. »
  • Text[expr,coords,offset] specifies an offset for the block of text relative to the coordinates given. Giving an offset {sdx,sdy} specifies that the point {x,y} should lie at relative coordinates {sdx,sdy} within the bounding rectangle that encloses the text. Each relative coordinate runs from -1 to +1 across the bounding rectangle.
  • The offsets specified need not be in the range -1 to +1.
  • Sample offsets to use in two-dimensional graphics include:
  • {0,0}text centered at {x,y}
    {-1,0}lefthand end at {x,y}
    {1,0}righthand end at {x,y}
    {0,-1}centered above {x,y}
    {0,1}centered below {x,y}
  • Text[expr,coords,offset,dir] specifies the orientation of the text and is given by the direction vector dir. Possible values of dir are:
  • {1,0}ordinary horizontal text
    {0,1}vertical text reading from bottom to top
    {0,-1}vertical text reading from top to bottom
    {-1,0}horizontal upsidedown text
  • Text in three-dimensional graphics is placed at a position that corresponds to the projection of the point {x,y,z} specified. Text is drawn in front of all other objects.
  • The following options can be given:
  • BackgroundNonebackground color
    ContentSelectableAutomaticwhether to allow selection of contents
    BaseStyle{}base style specifications for the contents
    FormatTypeAutomaticformat type
  • Outside of graphics, Text[expr] effectively generates a TextCell.


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Basic Examples  (3)

Display an expression in plain text format:

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Display text in 2D graphics:

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Display text in 3D graphics:

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Scope  (10)

Options  (3)

Properties & Relations  (2)

Neat Examples  (1)

See Also

Inset  TextCell  Row  TextGrid  PlotLabel  AxesLabel  Cell  Rotate  TextRecognize


Introduced in 1988
| Updated in 2016