When plotting anatomy data with

AnatomyPlot3D[Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "LeftIndexFinger"], Method -> {"Tooltips" -> True}]

the respective tooltips are shown at the mouse pointer location

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Is there a way to copy the content of the selected tooltip to the clipboard and paste it to another cell? I have seen other answered questions (like this), but there tooltips were generated for each item/entity separately. When plotting an AnatomyPlot3D with the tooltip method all tooltips are already included.


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You can do post processing on the anatomy plot with something like

    AnatomyPlot3D[Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "LeftIndexFinger"],
        Method -> {"Tooltips" -> True}
    Tooltip[a_, b_] :> EventHandler[Tooltip[a, b],
        {"MouseClicked" :> CopyToClipboard[ToString[b, InputForm]]},
        PassEventsDown -> True

Clicking and dragging will move the 3D object without copying anything. Clicking an object with a tooltip and not dragging will copy the tooltip to the clipboard.

  • $\begingroup$ I tried that but it put a TextCell in my clipboard rather than a string. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented Jun 21, 2022 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ How exactly do you get a string? Do you paste in between cells, creating a new cell, or within an already existing cell? I get different results from those two, and only one of them is usable: i.sstatic.net/7rXyc.png $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented Jun 21, 2022 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ I pasted between cells. It created an input cell with a string like Cell["\"foo\"", "Input"] and not a proper input cell with BoxData like Cell[BoxData["\"\<foo\>\""], "Input"]. If I paste in an existing cell, I get an inline cell. So I guess ToString is better. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Commented Jun 21, 2022 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Jason, this works great! Combined with a snippet from mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/16925/… I can display the selected structures right below the plot: clicks = {}; Column[{ReplaceAll[ AnatomyPlot3D[Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "LeftIndexFinger"], Method -> {"Tooltips" -> True}], Tooltip[a_, b_] :> EventHandler[ Tooltip[a, b], {"MouseClicked" :> AppendTo[clicks, ToString[b, InputForm]]}, PassEventsDown -> True]], Dynamic[clicks // TableForm]}] $\endgroup$
    – Kardashev3
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 9:54

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