By default, when you click the small "+" symbol, at the right of a slider (in Manipulate and Animate), you get an input field and several buttons (play, pause, etc). How do you remove all buttons for all the sliders in a Manipulate box, except the input fields ?

The documentation isn't obvious at all for customization like this, and searching the site didn't helped much. Sorry if I missed something related.

  • $\begingroup$ So you want the slider AND the input field? If you can get by without the input field and work just with the slider, you could use ControlType -> Slider. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Mar 13, 2016 at 1:40
  • $\begingroup$ @MarcoB, I still need the input field for values that are hard to select with a slider. $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 1:50
  • $\begingroup$ Related: (28768). $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:07
  • $\begingroup$ Manipulate[ Plot[Sin[x (1 + a x)], {x, 0, 6}], {a, 0, 6, AppearanceElements -> {"InputField", "Slider"}}] ? $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2016 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Algohi, nice ! This is working ! Is there a way to define these options "globaly" inside the Manipulate code, without having to add these options to each slider separately ? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:35

3 Answers 3

With[{maniOpts = Sequence[
    Appearance -> {"Labeled", "Open"}, 
    AppearanceElements -> {"InputField", "Slider"}, ImageSize -> Large
   Plot[Sin[x (1 + a x)]/b, {x, 0, 6}], 
  {a, 0, 6, maniOpts}, 
  {b, 1, 5,  1, maniOpts}]

This is what I do in similar cases.

  • $\begingroup$ Why the With ? I tried using just maniOpts = Sequence[ Appearance -> {"Labeled", "Open"}, AppearanceElements -> {"InputField", "Slider"}, ImageSize -> Large ];, and it's working great, apparently after a first try. $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Cham Manipulate is meant to work across MMA sessions, so if you are not including maniOpts inside or injecting those options directly, maniOpts will be forgotten when you open this cdf/notebook in fresh session. So maybe it's not necessary but I do this from habit. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 13, 2016 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure to understand. These options are defined only for this particular Manipulate box. If I close this notebook or if I open another nootebook with another Manipulate, it is normal that everything is forgotten by MMA. Compiling a given code would erase all the previous definitions, since I use Clear["Global`*"] at the beginning of all of my projects. Well, this is the way I work with MMA. Maybe this isn't ideal ? Is there a potential conflict/problem I'm not aware of, with this method ? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Cham Manipulate is HoldAll so if you just put there Global`maniOpts its definition won't be found when you open notebook in fresh session, unless you evaluate whole notebook but the point is to have self contained Manipulate output. You can read more about related things in reference.wolfram.com/language/tutorial/…, especially on FE ownership of DynamicModule variables. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 13, 2016 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ Kuba, the document you linked cannot be found. $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 16:18

Roll your own controls:

  a b c d,
    {Labeled[Slider[Dynamic[a], {0, 100}], "a =", Left],
     InputField[Dynamic[a], ImageSize -> Tiny]},
    {Labeled[Slider[Dynamic[b], {-50, 50}], "b =", Left], 
     InputField[Dynamic[b], ImageSize -> Tiny]},
    {Labeled[Slider[Dynamic[c], {-10, 30}], "c =", Left],
     InputField[Dynamic[c], ImageSize -> Tiny]},
    {Labeled[Slider[Dynamic[d], {0, 1}], "d =", Left],
     InputField[Dynamic[d], ImageSize -> Tiny]}

Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ The InputField would replace the slider's label. This is fine. These elements would be placed inside a Row directive to make a line. But how do you place several of them (Slider + InputField) on top of each other ? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Cham Yes, you can arrange their position as you wish using e.g. Row. But what do you mean by on top of each other? $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:32
  • $\begingroup$ I mean a vertical stack of standard sliders (as what is done by default), but each one having its Input field on their right using Row. $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Cham Take a look at the new version of my answer. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ It's all working great ! I prefer Algohi's settings, since it's making my code much simpler and easier to understand. Both answers are good, though. Thanks a lot ! $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:59

If you are okay with a general setting, you can do it like this:

SetOptions[Manipulator, AppearanceElements -> {"InputField", "Slider"}];
Manipulate[Plot[Sin[x (1 + a x)], {x, 0, 6}], {a, 0, 6}]

You can either save the options and return them back:

saveoption = Options[Manipulator];
SetOptions[Manipulator, saveoption];

Or you can use ParallelEvaluate to get fresh kernel:

SetOptions[Manipulator, First@ParallelEvaluate[Options[Manipulator]]]

Or as J. M. mentioned, use:

SetOptions[Manipulate, AppearanceElements -> Automatic]

example Manipulate

  • $\begingroup$ Very nice ! This would simplify my code a lot, with ImageSize -> Large, Appearance -> {"Labeled", "Closed"}, added to the SetOptions. Can this SetOptions be reset using Clear["Global`*"] ? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:50
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @Cham, use SetOptions[Manipulate, AppearanceElements -> Automatic] to reset back to the default. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2016 at 2:55
  • $\begingroup$ Aw, I see that it's also resetting all the other Manipulate codes I've done. So this cannot be set locally, for a given Manipulate ? Do I have to add SetOptions[Manipulate, AppearanceElements -> Automatic] to all of my other Manipulate codes ? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:02
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ @Cham, just append the options if you only want it to apply to a single Manipulate[]: Manipulate[(* stuff *), Appearance -> {"Labeled", "Closed"}, AppearanceElements -> {"InputField", "Slider"}, ImageSize -> Large]. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2016 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ It appears to work, but Appearance and ImageSize are shown in red in my code ! The compilation appears to be normal, and no warning/error messages. ?? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:13

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