is an option for selections that specifies a list of strings to be associated with a selection.


  • TaggingRules provides a way of storing additional information with a selection, for example, to be used by other programs in processing a notebook. It can be set to a list of one or more strings.
  • With the default setting TaggingRules<||>, no additional information is associated with the selection.
  • Typically, structured metadata is broken up into pieces that can be identified using keys in the form "key"value. The key can then be individually queried using AbsoluteCurrentValue[obj,{TaggingRules,"key"}].
  • Another typical method for storing highly structured data is to use subkeys inside of keys. For example, "key"<|"key1"data1,"key2"data2,|>. The subkeys can then be queried using AbsoluteCurrentValue[obj,{TaggingRules,"key","subkey"}]. Subkeys can have their own subkeys to an arbitrary depth.
  • TaggingRules can be set at the cell, notebook, and global level.
  • TaggingRules<|key1val1,|> effectively merges the keyi with any keys inherited from a more general scope. The fully merged set of keys and values can be read using AbsoluteCurrentValue. Specifying keys and values as a list instead of an association will cause inherited keys to be ignored.


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Basic Examples  (2)

Apply TaggingRules at the cell level:

Use nested rules as TaggingRules:

Reference specific TaggingRules values using CurrentValue:

Reference nested values directly by using subselectors in CurrentValue:

Scope  (5)

Apply TaggingRules at the notebook level:

Apply TaggingRules at the global level:

Restore TaggingRules to its default value:

If a tagging rule key does not exist, CurrentValue returns Inherited for its value:

Inheritance  (2)

TaggingRules specified as an Association will be merged with inherited rules:

Specifying the inner value as a list will ignore inherited rules:

Rules with the same name but differing values will be overwritten upon inheritance:

If the value is an Association, then the associations are instead merged:

Applications  (1)

TaggingRules can be used like a DynamicModule variable that spans cells:

Wolfram Research (1999), TaggingRules, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TaggingRules.html (updated 2021).


Wolfram Research (1999), TaggingRules, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TaggingRules.html (updated 2021).


Wolfram Language. 1999. "TaggingRules." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2021. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TaggingRules.html.


Wolfram Language. (1999). TaggingRules. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TaggingRules.html


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