I just updated to Mathematica 12.3.1. Whenever I use the double square brackets used to specify Part, Mathematica now auto-formats them. While the readability is nice, when I go to edit the code, I keep "missing" the place I want to edit because Mathematica expands the auto-formatted double square brackets to regular double brackets and now my cursor is in the wrong spot. How do I keep Mathematica from auto-formatting double square brackets? Is it an option somewhere in preferences that I'm just not seeing?

I want this


instead of this


2 Answers 2


The new behavior of using ligatures for certain textual forms is controlled by this front end setting:

In[24]:= CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {StyleHints, "OperatorRenderings"}]

Out[24]= <|"|->" -> "\[Function]", "->" -> "\[Rule]", 
 ":>" -> "\[RuleDelayed]", "<=" -> "\[LessEqual]", 
 ">=" -> "\[GreaterEqual]", "!=" -> "\[NotEqual]", "==" -> "\[Equal]",
  "<->" -> "\[TwoWayRule]", "[[" -> "\[LeftDoubleBracket]", 
 "]]" -> "\[RightDoubleBracket]", "<|" -> "\[LeftAssociation]", 
 "|>" -> "\[RightAssociation]"|>

To remove only the double square bracket formatting you can use

    {orig = CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {StyleHints, "OperatorRenderings"}]},
    CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {StyleHints, "OperatorRenderings"}] = KeyDrop[orig, {"[[", "]]"}]

or to disable all ligatures use

CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {StyleHints, "OperatorRenderings"}] = {}
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    $\begingroup$ Interestingly, on my machine (v12.3.1.0 Win 10, 64-bit) the current value is Inherited. Any idea where I can set the parent from which notebooks actually inherit the default values? $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2021 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ @IstvánZachar, I might have made some change in my FE settings at one point. If the code I posted here doesn't work for everyone it isn't as useful as I had thought. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Oct 25, 2021 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ I think your answer is a general and nice solution. It is probably my setup that digresses from default settings: Inherited causes no rendering at all. Actually, your answer helped me, as it shows how to set any value for stylehints, like {}, explicit default list, or any custom association of operator renderings (I prefer rendered arrows but not brackets). $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2021 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ I think this should be a simple menu option, not a complex set of commands to put things back the way they worked before $\endgroup$
    – John McGee
    Oct 26, 2021 at 23:23
  • $\begingroup$ I get Inherited in Wolfram Cloud too, and can't overwrite it's value. $\endgroup$
    – rhermans
    Oct 27, 2021 at 15:37

I am running version 12.3.1 for Linux x86 (64-bit) (June 24, 2021). The answer by @JasonB using the Association formulation did not work for me. I deleted the "[[" and "]]" keys as shown, but all operator renderings remained. Wolfram Support told me to use a List instead of an Association, and now I can add or delete any operator rendering at will. For example,

CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {StyleHints, "OperatorRenderings"}] =
   {"|->" -> "\[Function]",
    "->" -> "\[Rule]",
    ":>" -> "\[RuleDelayed]",
    "<=" -> "\[LessEqual]",
    ">=" -> "\[GreaterEqual]",
    "!=" -> "\[NotEqual]",
    "==" -> "\[Equal]",
    "<->" -> "\[TwoWayRule]",
    "<|" -> "\[LeftAssociation]",
    "|>" -> "\[RightAssociation]"

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