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Built-in Mathematica Symbol


This function has not been fully integrated into the long-term Mathematica system, and is subject to change.
is an option for selections that specifies whether an object represented by a StyleBox should be displayed on the screen or replaced by blank space.
  • With the default setting ShowContents->True, a StyleBox object is displayed on the screen like any other input.
  • With the setting ShowContents->False, any StyleBox object is not displayed on the screen. It is replaced by an amount of blank space equal to the width of the expression. This feature is useful for adding blank space of an exact length, such as for aligning text appearing on successive lines of a cell.
New in 4.0