This takes a little patience to reproduce, but I got a screenshot of it in version 9 on Mac OS X 10.7.5:

With a small Graphics object, it occasionally happens that MousePosition doesn't get updated when your mouse enters the graphic from the bottom.


Graphics[{Orange, Rectangle[{0, 0}, {1, 1}]}, ImageSize -> 60,
  PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0, 1}}]


As the image shows, the mouse is clearly inside the orange square, but the line above shows None instead of the mouse coordinates relative to the PlotRange. If I leave the square toward the top and re-enter from the top, the mouse position starts following my movements. To see the effect of the frozen None mouseposition, it seems I have to enter the rectangle from the bottom. I have to try this a couple of times - it doesn't happen every time.

Is there a way, perhaps by surrounding the Graphics command in some other environment, to insure that the MousePosition is recorded more reliably?


I've now reproduced it on Mathematica version 9 and 8.0.4, OS X 10.7.5 on two different computers.

Edit 2

Although I'm not 100% sure, I strongly believe that jVincent's observation is correct: to reproduce this, I have to set the zoom level of the notebook, or the Magnification setting in Advanced Preferences > Global Preferences > Notebook Options > Display Options to something other than the default 100 % (or 1, respectively). In my case, the latter was set to 1.25 when I made the screen shot.

  • $\begingroup$ Can't repro (fortunately). Mma 8.0 on WinXP $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2013 at 6:29
  • $\begingroup$ Can't reproduce in version 9 on win7 64-bit. $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Jan 21, 2013 at 7:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Silvia So either it's Mac specific, or worse: hardware specific. I'm on a new Macbook Pro with retina display and NVidia Graphics card. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Jan 21, 2013 at 7:49
  • $\begingroup$ I can't reproduce either. Tried for a long time. Mac Book Pro, OS 10.8.2, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1024 MB, Mathematica V9. $\endgroup$
    – Matariki
    Jan 21, 2013 at 8:04
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm.. It's an NVidia here too (9800GTX). Hope it's not that bad.. $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Jan 21, 2013 at 8:11

1 Answer 1


Since this issue has been confirmed on several different operating systems and in Mathematica versions 8 and 9, it seems that it should be reported as a bug. I've done that [TS 2418].

In the meantime, one possible way to avoid the glitch is this:



 Graphics[{Orange, Rectangle[{0, 0}, {1, 1}]}, ImageSize -> 60, 
  PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0, 1}}],
 "MouseMoved" :> (p = MousePosition["Graphics"])]


{0.7, 0.02}


The mouse in this snapshot was over the box (not captured in the shot), but its position again was not recorded by the first Dynamic[MousePosition["Graphics"]].

However, the second output ({0.7, 0.02}) is the correct result. It is generated by p = MousePosition["Graphics"] as the handler for the "MouseMoved" event over the Graphics expression. Fortunately this event is triggered reliably, even when the first MousePosition doesn't get updated. So the assignment to p as a response to entering the graphic forces the update with the correct mouse coordinates.


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