is a low-level box construct that displays as boxes but maintains tag to guide the interpretation of boxes on input.

Details and Options

  • TagBox provides a way to store hidden information in Wolfram Language input and output.
  • TagBox is generated sometimes in StandardForm output, and often in TraditionalForm output.
  • By convention, tag is typically a symbol that corresponds to the head of the interpreted form of boxes.
  • The following options can be given:
  • AutoDeleteFalsewhether to strip the TagBox if boxes are modified
    BaseStyle{}the style to use
    DeletionWarningFalsewhether to issue a warning if boxes are deleted
    EditableAutomaticwhether to allow boxes to be edited
    SelectableAutomaticwhether to allow boxes to be selected
    StripWrapperBoxesFalsewhether to remove StyleBox etc. from within boxes
    SyntaxFormAutomatichow the box should be interpreted for parsing purposes
    TooltipNonetooltip to display when the mouse cursor is over the box
    TooltipStyle{}style specifications for the tooltip
    TooltipDelay0.how long to delay before displaying the tooltip
  • If you modify the displayed form of TagBox[boxes,tag] only boxes will be modified, and there is no guarantee that correct correspondence with tag will be maintained.


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Basic Examples  (3)

TagBox does not change the appearance of its contents:

The standard formatting for some expressions uses TagBox to aid interpretation:

The formatted result looks like this:

Without the TagBox, this notation would be interpreted differently:

A GridBox is normally interpreted as a matrix:

Use a predefined TagBox interpretation to get a different result:

Scope  (1)

The following expressions look identical, so you cannot distinguish one from the other:

The box representation contains TagBox data:

The resulting box structures can be unambiguously interpreted:

Wolfram Research (1996), TagBox, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TagBox.html (updated 2020).


Wolfram Research (1996), TagBox, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TagBox.html (updated 2020).


Wolfram Language. 1996. "TagBox." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2020. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TagBox.html.


Wolfram Language. (1996). TagBox. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TagBox.html


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