# Using the mouse coordinates to index a matrix

I would like to "write" on to a matrix using the mouse. That is, I would like to use the integer value of Locator coordinates (p) to index a matrix. Then, if the mouse button is down, write a 1 in that location. That approach doesn't seem to work since, when attempting to do something like M[[Sequence @@ Round [p]]], the coordinate p is actually a dynamic quantity, which can't be converted to two integer indices by Sequence @@ Round.

Is there any way to do this? or, Is there an equivalent workaround that gets the same result. The simplest example would be using the mouse to input a freehand black and white drawing as pixels on a matrix, which could later be subject to image processing algorithms.

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Manipulate[x = ConstantArray[0, 9 {1, 1}];
Row[{EventHandler[Dynamic[tds = Reverse[Transpose[x]];
MatrixPlot[tds, PlotRangePadding -> 0, Mesh -> All,
ImageSize -> {300, 300},
ColorRules -> {1 -> Black,
0 -> None}]], {"MouseClicked" :> (pos =
Ceiling[MousePosition["Graphics"]];
x = ReplacePart[x, pos -> 1 - x[[Sequence @@ pos]]];)}],
Dynamic@Magnify[MatrixForm[tds], 2]}], {pos,
ControlType -> None}, {x, ControlType -> None}, {tds,
ControlType -> None}, AppearanceElements -> None, FrameMargins -> 0]
` • Nice! A click and drag to fill would be a nice addition :)
– rm -rf
Apr 3, 2013 at 1:59
• @rm-rf thanks ;) Apr 3, 2013 at 3:25
• And now you're most of the way to a game of minesweeper! Apr 3, 2013 at 7:01