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represents an object obj inset in a graphic.
Inset[obj, pos]
specifies that the inset should be placed at position pos in the graphic.
Inset[obj, pos, opos]
aligns the inset so that position opos in the object lies at position pos in the enclosing graphic.
Inset[obj, pos, opos, size]
specifies the size of the inset in the coordinate system of the enclosing graphic.
Inset[obj, pos, opos, size, dirs]
specifies that the axes of the inset should be oriented in directions dirs.
  • In interactive manipulation, Inset[obj, ...] is by default selected as a single unit. A double-click is required to select individual elements inside.
  • The object obj can be a graphic, cell expression, string, or any other expression.
  • Positions can be specified by:
{x,y}ordinary coordinates in a plot
Scaled[{x,y},...]scaled coordinates from 0 to 1
ImageScaled[{x,y},...]scaled coordinates from 0 to 1 across a whole image
Offset[{dx,dy},...]absolute offset in printer's points
Center, etc.{Center, Center}, etc.
  • Axis corresponds to the position of the axis in a plot, or the center line in typeset text.
  • Center corresponds to a position centered with respect to the whole image.
  • The default for opos is the setting for the AlignmentPoint option of obj, or by default, the center of the bounding box for obj.
  • If size is Automatic, the inset is given at its natural size:
graphicdetermined by ImageSize setting
typeset expressionabsolute size without wrapping
  • A size of {w, Automatic} specifies that a typeset expression should be wrapped at width w.
  • If size is given as {w, h}, then any object obj whose aspect ratio is not fixed will be horizontally or vertically stretched so as to fit exactly in a wh rectangle.
  • If obj is an object with fixed aspect ratio, then blank space will be left equally on both sides if there is a direction where the object would have to be stretched in order to fit exactly.
  • The setting for the option Background specifies the background to be used for the whole region of the inset.
  • By default, the inset is arranged so that its x and y directions are oriented with the x and y directions of the enclosing graphic.
  • Inset[..., dirs] can be used to specify different orientations.
  • Possible choices for dirs are:
Automaticdefault orientation
{xx,xy}x direction along {xx, xy}
{Automatic,{yx,yy}}y direction along {yx, yy}
{{xx,xy},{yx,yy}}x and y directions along {xx, xy} and {yx, yy}
Nonenever reorient the contents of the Inset
  • Specifying only the x or only the y direction in general leads to a rigid rotation of the inset.
  • Specifying both the x and y directions in general leads to a rotation and shear, in which the original inset rectangle becomes a parallelogram defined by the vector directions given.
  • Only the directions of the vectors {xx, xy} and {yx, yy} are significant; the scale of the inset is determined by {w, h}.
  • With dirs specified as None, the x direction of obj is always maintained as horizontal.
  • The following options can be given for Inset:
AlignmentLefthow to align the contents of the inset
BackgroundNonethe background to use for the whole region of the inset
BaseStyle"Inset"the base style to use for the inset
ContentSelectableAutomaticwhether to allow contents to be selected
FormatTypeAutomaticformat type for text
  • Background->Automatic uses whatever background has been specified for the whole graphic containing the inset.
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