Mathematica Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Mathematica. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm experiencing strange behavior in Checkbox with Appearance:

Table[Checkbox[Appearance -> a], {a, {Tiny, Small, Medium, Large}}]

(Copied from the help file) doesn't give me any difference in size. Screenshot:

checkbox sizes screenshot

CheckboxBar has the same behavior. Mathematica seems to ignore the Appearance setting.

I'm running mma on Ubuntu 12.10 (64-bit).

Question: Is this a bug or just a non-existing but nonetheless documented feature?

share|improve this question
I think Checkbox has only one appearance by design. At least I've never seen smaller or larger ones so far. Please only use the tag bugs if it is confirmed by WRI or the community. – István Zachar Nov 24 '12 at 10:43
Thanks for the edit in the tags. I thought "bugs" was for possible bugs too. – Aart Goossens Nov 24 '12 at 10:51
Changing the Appearance of Checkbox is documented, so Wolfram at least planned to add this functionality. I think i remember seeing different sizes in mma on Windows but since even the online help file doesn't display different sizes i think the functionality does not exist at all. – Aart Goossens Nov 24 '12 at 10:53
It's in the tag-wiki. As to the question: I get the same on Windows. Perhaps it's different on MacOS? Anyway, I can imagine that this feature was implemented to make use of (future) OS-specific GUI options. BTW I know an A.Goossens, but you don't happen to be that AF guy, do you? – Sjoerd C. de Vries Nov 24 '12 at 10:56
"AF" doesn't ring a bell, sorry... – Aart Goossens Nov 24 '12 at 11:05

This appears to be system dependent. With version 7 under Windows 7 I get:

Mathematica graphics (150% magnification)

share|improve this answer
Definitely a regression in version 8, then. Oddly I find (again, in version 7 on Windows 7) that they appear correctly at 100% but going to 150% or larger the size difference disappears. – Oleksandr R. Nov 24 '12 at 16:41
changing the magnification seems to occasionally cause strange behaviour in dynamics – Mike Honeychurch Nov 25 '12 at 7:57

I evaluated

Table[Checkbox[Appearance -> a], {a, {Tiny, Small, Medium, Large}}]

It worked on my system.

checkbox sequence

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.