Normally, I used ViewPoint in the code in Plot3D. Most of the time, I will use mouse to rotate the 3D object to get a better view point. The problem is, when I find the best view point for me, is there any way to get the ViewPoint parameters for the rotated scene, such as {-1.25, 2.31, 1.8}, so I can repeat the plot or use it in the future?

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    $\begingroup$ Simply edit the output cell and wrap Options[..., ViewPoint] around the already rotated output. The graphics should be in the place of .... ViewVertical may also change during rotating, as well as some other parameters. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Nov 27, 2016 at 23:38

2 Answers 2


One way is to set a symbol equal to the initial default viewpoint.

v = Options[Plot3D, ViewPoint][[1, 2]]

(* {1.3, -2.4, 2.} *)

Use that symbol dynamically in the plot. Monitor the dynamic value of v and note the value when the rotated plot is pleasing to you:

 Sin[x + y^2],
 {x, -3, 3},
 {y, -2, 2},
 ViewPoint -> Dynamic[v]

Mathematica graphics


 (* {2, -0.9, 2.5} *)

Here is how you can extract the ViewPoint family options from a graphic after interaction. Once you have the options, simply do a copy-paste them in the initial code :

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  • $\begingroup$ Duplicate of this, but maybe more attractive ? Should I delete or move my answer ? $\endgroup$
    – andre314
    Mar 10, 2017 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ This is a far more intuitive, and in my opinion more useful answer to the question. $\endgroup$
    – user27119
    Aug 2, 2019 at 8:34
  • $\begingroup$ good answer. Very easy to use. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Sep 10, 2019 at 17:23

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