I want to get $\color{red}{\textbf{1}}$ plain string,but this function actually will give me some RowBox:

And the same case:


I want to get $\color{red}{\textbf{4}}$ plain string from it:

{"Plot[f,{x,Subscript[x, min],Subscript[x, max]}] generates a plot of f as a function of x from Subscript[x, min] to Subscript[x,max].","Plot[{Subscript[f, 1],Subscript[f,2],…},{x,Subscript[x,min],Subscript[x, max]}] plots several functions Subscript[f,i].","Plot[{…,w[Subscript[f, i]],…},…] plots Subscript[f,i] with features defined by the symbolic wrapper w.","Plot[…,{x}∈reg] takes the variable x to be in the geometric region reg."}

Can any method do this?

  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba I have,we can copy it as plain string to get it by right click. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Feb 24, 2017 at 13:55

1 Answer 1


How can I get the unchanged Box form of an arbitrary expression?

toBoxes = MathLink`CallFrontEnd[
    FrontEnd`UndocumentedTestFEParserPacket[#, True]
][[1]] &

How to convert arbitrary raw boxes directly into String?

toText = FrontEndExecute[
    FrontEnd`ExportPacket[#, "PlainText"]
][[1]] &

  , Map[toBoxes]
  , StringSplit[#[[1]], "\n"] &
] @ GeneralUtilities`GetUsages["System`Plot"]
 "Plot[f,{x,Subscript[x, min],Subscript[x, max]}]generates a plot of \
 f as a function of x from Subscript[x, min]to Subscript[x, max]."
 "Plot[{Subscript[f, 1],Subscript[f, 2],\[Ellipsis]},{x,Subscript[x, \
 min],Subscript[x, max]}]plots several functions Subscript[f, i]."
 "Plot[{\[Ellipsis],w[Subscript[f, i]],\[Ellipsis]},\[Ellipsis]]plots \
 Subscript[f, i]with features defined by the symbolic wrapper w."
 "Plot[\[Ellipsis],{x}\[Element]reg]takes the variable x to be in the \
 geometric region reg."
  • $\begingroup$ Good lesson to me.Thanks a lot. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Feb 24, 2017 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ I'm shy to say I don't know the function of FrontEnd`UndocumentedTestFEParserPacket still.And the function of the True? $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Feb 24, 2017 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ @yode I can't say more than you can find in the topic linked above. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Feb 24, 2017 at 15:23

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