How can I use a list of variable names within Symbol[] inside a Manipulate[], specifically using Control[]?

I assume the problem arises due to the HoldAll attribute of Manipulate, similar to here, but I fail to find the right solution.

The following Mathematica code illustrates the problem:

Manipulate[Map[Symbol[#]&,myVariables],Grid[{Map[Control[{Symbol[#],0,1}]&, myVariables]}]]
  • $\begingroup$ What do you want to achieve with Symbol? It is designed to convert strings to symbols. Also, take a look at this, something similar should work for you $\endgroup$
    – Lukas Lang
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Mathe172 I want the Symbols (or their names) used inside the Manipulate to be pre-defined in some List. I do not see anything useful in your link. $\endgroup$
    – LBogaardt
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 16:13

1 Answer 1


Let vList be your list of variables:

vList = {var1, var2};

(I don't see any reason to define the list using strings, but if you insist you could do vList = Symbol /@ {"var1", "var2"}). Then, you need to use With to inject things into a HoldAll object like Manipulate, so one possibility is:

With[{v=vList, controls = Grid[{Control[{#, 0, 1}]& /@ vList}]},
    Manipulate[v, controls]

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