shows graphics with the specified options added.


shows several graphics combined.


  • Show can be used with Graphics and Graphics3D.
  • Show allows any option that can be applied to graphics to be given.
  • Options explicitly specified in Show override those included in the graphics expression.
  • Show[g1,g2,] or Show[{g1,g2,}] concatenates the graphics primitives in the gi, effectively overlaying the graphics.
  • The lists of nondefault options in the gi are concatenated.
  • Show applies the function defined as the setting for DisplayFunction, and returns the result. For ordinary notebook operation, this function is just Identity.
  • Image and Image3D objects can also be combined with other graphics. Their pixel positions range from 0 to the dimensions of the image in the standard image coordinate system:


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Basic Examples  (3)

Combine the plot of a curve with the plot of a list:

Combine the density plot with the contour plot:

Change options for existing graphics:

Options  (2)

DisplayFunction  (2)

Display a graphic in PopupWindow when clicked:

Display a graphic in a new notebook:

Applications  (1)

Import an elevation map and take a part of it:

Draw a relief-shaded map:

Draw contour lines:

Combine two plots:

Possible Issues  (1)

Show uses the options from the first graphic:

To see the entire graphic, use PlotRange->All:

Wolfram Research (1988), Show, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2021).


Wolfram Research (1988), Show, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2021).


Wolfram Language. 1988. "Show." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2021.


Wolfram Language. (1988). Show. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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