I have plots with custom PlotMarkers that I need to display in a Grid with other information. When the Grid is given a Background option

  • The custom PlotMarkersare given the Grid background and it over prints other markers
  • The axis labels and plot area are given the Grid background even if an explicit Background option has been given for the plot.

Plot outside of the grid

p =
 ListPlot[{{{1, 1}}, {{2, 1}}, {{3, 1}}},
  PlotMarkers -> Graphics /@ {
     Circle[{0, 0}, Scaled[.1]],
     Disk[{0, 0}, Scaled[.1]],
     Disk[{0, 0}, Scaled[.1], {0, 4}]},
  ImageSize -> Small]

Mathematica graphics

Plot in a Grid with Background option

 Background -> LightBlue]

Mathematica graphics

Here the markers have been given the Grid Background option. Their background also over prints adjacent markers.

Plot with Background option in a Grid with Background option

Grid[{{Show[p, Background -> Pink]}},
 Background -> LightBlue]

Mathematica graphics

The horror! Even by explicitly setting the plot's Background option Grid still hijacks the background.

How do I stop Grid Background from overriding both the plot's and the custom PlotMarkers backgrounds?

Version 11.1.0 with Win 7 Ent


  • $\begingroup$ This seems like a bug. Try Grid[{{Graphics[Disk[{0, 0}, Scaled[.1]]]}}, Background -> LightBlue]. It comes out white, but if you move the cursor up, it becomes blue. I assume you don't want Rasterize? $\endgroup$
    – Stitch
    May 12, 2017 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ This also seems platform dependent. I get different results on Windows using 11.1.0. $\endgroup$
    – chuy
    May 12, 2017 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Stitch Correct. I do not want Rasterize. $\endgroup$
    – Edmund
    May 12, 2017 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ Reported to WRI. CASE:3890272 $\endgroup$
    – Edmund
    May 12, 2017 at 20:46
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Somewhat related: (22279), (83190), (85521) $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    May 13, 2017 at 2:04

2 Answers 2


I find that often Pane is effective in preserving the size and style of Graphics that are undesirably changed.

gp = Pane @ Show[p, Background -> Pink];

Grid[{{gp, Spacer[0]}, {Spacer[0], gp}}, Background -> LightBlue]

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Other examples:


What you have encountered looks like a bug to me. You might use GraphicsGrid as a work-around.

plot =
  ListPlot[{{{1, 1}}, {{2, 1}}, {{3, 1}}},
    PlotRangePadding -> {{Scaled[.15], Scaled[.15]}, Automatic},
    PlotMarkers -> 
      Graphics /@ 
        {Circle[{0, 0}, Scaled[.1]], 
         Disk[{0, 0}, Scaled[.1]], 
         Disk[{0, 0}, Scaled[.1], {0, 4}]},
   Background -> Pink,
   ImageSize -> Small]


Grid[{{plot, " "}, {" ", plot}}, Background -> LightBlue]


But with GraphicsGrid

GraphicsGrid[{{plot, " "}, {" ", plot}}, Background -> LightBlue]


  • $\begingroup$ I will report to WRI. $\endgroup$
    – Edmund
    May 12, 2017 at 19:27
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ GraphicsGrid is not viable since the grid has formatted text and makes good use of a few of the formatting options. I have discovered that I can wrap the plots in a Pane or Panel to protect the backgrounds. $\endgroup$
    – Edmund
    May 12, 2017 at 20:49

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