I am trying to draw an arrow, and put two labels next to it, and the labels, namely e_2, and a(e_2) should be in latex format.

This is my try but it does not work.

Thank you.

p = Graphics[Arrow[ {{1, 1}, {1.5, 1}}]];

l1 = Graphics[Text[e_ 2, {1.5, 0.95}]]; 

l2 = Graphics[Text[a (e_ 2), {1.3, 0.95}]];

Show[p, l1, l2]
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    $\begingroup$ Take a look at the MaTeX package by @Szabolcs $\endgroup$
    – Lukas Lang
    Aug 8 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ I prefer the MaTeX package, but control-4 worked for me inside Text/Inset. MaTeX looks better. But when I tried it on the OP's example, the FE is stuck and the wheel of death is spinning....MaTeX has never done that to me. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Aug 8 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ Turns out the problem was that the variable a is evaluated when the graphics are typeset (see my answer below). What hung the FE was that the value of a was an array with something like a million elements. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Aug 8 at 17:09

2 Answers 2


CTRL-4 (inline TeX input) works, although I prefer the actual TeX typesetting of MaTeX. I entered the TeX code e_2 and a(e_2) into l1 and l2 respectively after typing CTRL-4:

However, somehow some of it gets evaluated (is that a bug??):

Wrapping the inline cell with HoldForm fixes the problem:


Taking the comment into consideration -many thanks to @Lukas Lang

hh = a[Subscript[e, 2]];
p = Graphics[Arrow[{{1, 1}, {1.5, 1}}]];
l1 = Graphics[Text[Subscript[e, 2], {1.5, 0.95}]];
l2 = Graphics[Text[hh, {1.3, 0.95}]];
Show[p, l1, l2]


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    $\begingroup$ I don't see how the Format line is necessary? Can't you just write a[Subscript[e,2]] in the second line? $\endgroup$
    – Lukas Lang
    Aug 8 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ @LukasLang, you are right. Thanks for spotting it. As I was trying things, I forgot to try the simplest one :) $\endgroup$
    – bmf
    Aug 8 at 16:02

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