is an option for UnderoverscriptBox and related boxes that specifies whether to change the positioning of underscripts and overscripts in the way conventional for limits.


  • UnderoverscriptBox[x,y,z,LimitsPositioning->False] is always displayed with explicit underscripts and overscripts as .
  • UnderoverscriptBox[x,y,z,LimitsPositioning->True] is displayed as when large, and when small.
  • The form is used when the box appears in a subscript or other script, or inline in a piece of text.
  • With the default setting LimitsPositioning->Automatic, the display of UnderoverscriptBox[x,y,z] depends on x. If x is [Sum], [Product], or another form conventionally displayed with limits, then LimitsPositioning->True is effectively used. Otherwise, LimitsPositioning->False is used.
  • LimitsPositioningTokens is a Cell option that can be set to a list of forms for which LimitsPositioning->True should be used.


Basic Examples  (1)

Define a low-level structure that has small underoverscript elements:

With LimitsPositioning->True, the upper and lower scripts go to the right of the base:

With LimitsPositioning->False, the upper and lower scripts stay directly above and below:

With LimitsPositioning->Automatic, the side positions are used with base , not with x:

Wolfram Research (1996), LimitsPositioning, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Research (1996), LimitsPositioning, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Language. 1996. "LimitsPositioning." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research.


Wolfram Language. (1996). LimitsPositioning. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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