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Column[{expr1, expr2, ...}]
is an object that formats with the expri arranged in a column, with expr1 above expr2, etc.
Column[list, alignment]
aligns each element horizontally in the specified way.
Column[list, alignment, spacing]
leaves the specified number of x-heights of spacing between successive elements.
  • Possible alignments are:
Leftleft justified (default)
Rightright justified
"c" align on the character "c"
{h,v}separate horizontal and vertical alignment
  • First[col] extracts the list that makes up a column.
  • The expri can be expressions of any kind, including graphics and controls.
  • You can enter text as an element of a Column by giving it as a string. You can use Text["string"] or Style["string", "style"] to specify a particular style.
  • The following options can be given:
Alignment{Left,Baseline}horizontal and vertical alignment of items
BackgroundNonewhat background colors to use
BaselinePositionAutomaticwhat to align with a surrounding text baseline
BaseStyle{}base style specifications for the column
DefaultElement"\[Placeholder]"what element to insert in an empty item
DividersNonewhere to draw divider lines in the column
FrameNonewhere to draw frames in the column
FrameStyleAutomaticstyle to use for frames
ItemSizeAutomaticwidth and height of each item
ItemStyleNoneindividual styles for items
SpacingsAutomatichorizontal and vertical spacings
  • Common settings for Frame include:
Noneno frame
Trueframe around the whole column
Allframe around every item in the column
  • Column[list, alignment] is equivalent to Column[list, Alignment->alignment].
  • Column[list, alignment, spacing] corresponds to the setting Spacings->spacing.
{s1,s2,...,sn}use s1 through sn; then use defaults
{{c}}use c in all cases
{{c1,c2}}alternate between c1 and c2
{{c1,c2,...}}cycle through all ci
{s,{c}}use s, then repeatedly use c
{s1,{c},sn}use s1, then repeatedly use c, but use sn at the end
{s1,s2,...,{c1, c2, ... }, sm, ... , sn}
use the first sequence of si at the beginning, then cyclically use the ci, then use the last sequence of si at the end
{s1,s2,...,{},sm,...,sn}use the first sequence of si at the beginning and the last sequence at the end
{i1->v1,i2->v2,...}specify what to use at positions ik
{spec,rules}use rules to override specifications in spec
  • With settings of the form {s1, s2, ..., {...}, sm, ..., sn}, if there are more si specified than items in the column, si from the beginning are used for the first items, and ones from the end are used for the last items.
  • Column will not change the size of graphics or other objects that have explicit ImageSize settings.
  • For a column of n elements, Dividers and Spacings can specify settings for the n+1 gaps between elements, starting before the first element, and ending after the last element.
specapply spec to all gaps between items
{specx,specy}apply speci to successive horizontal and vertical gaps
  • The speci can have the same forms as for Alignment, Background and other item-oriented options.
Axisaxis of the middle row in the column (default)
Baselinebaseline of the middle row in the column
Bottombottom of the whole column
Centerhalfway from top to bottom
Toptop of the whole column
{i,pos}position pos in element i
  • The settings for BaseStyle are appended to the default style typically given by the "Column" style in the current stylesheet.
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