How to | Label a Plot

Mathematica provides flexible options for labeling plots, allowing you to present ideas more clearly in presentations and publications.

There are several methods of adding a label to a plot. You can use PlotLabel, Labeled, or interactively add text to a plot using Drawing Tools. For a description of adding text to plots using Drawing Tools, see How to: Add Text outside the Plot Area and How to: Add Text to a Graphic.

To add a centered label to the top of a plot, use the PlotLabel option:

In[1]:=
Click for copyable input
Out[1]=

You can control the appearance of the label by wrapping it in Style options:

In[2]:=
Click for copyable input
Out[2]=

If the plot has a background color, the plot extends to include the label:

In[3]:=
Click for copyable input
Out[3]=

To put a label underneath a plot, like a caption, use Labeled:

In[4]:=
Click for copyable input
Out[4]=

To use the same font and style that is used in graphics, set the label style to :

In[5]:=
Click for copyable input
Out[5]=

In this case, the background of the plot does not include the label:

In[6]:=
Click for copyable input
Out[6]=
New to Mathematica? Find your learning path »
Have a question? Ask support »