I've plotted a function that varies with respect to time. It's inside a manipulate box, which can vary the time. And I'd like to display the value of the function at the time on the slider on my plot.

I've seen it done before, but I've been trying unsuccessfully for the last 40 or so minutes to find out how. Any ideas?

  • $\begingroup$ Show us the code you have and maybe someone can help. $\endgroup$
    – bill s
    Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 14:45

1 Answer 1


There are many ways to do this, depending on how you want to display the coordinates. The following example displays the coordinates in four ways (other than reading them from the graph itself).

1) The first uses a Text graphics primitive in the Epilog option.

2) The second uses the Tooltip applied to a Point graphics primitive also in the Epilog option. If you hover your mouse over the point, the tooltip will popup displaying the tooltip text (in this case the coordinates).

3) The third uses the PlotLabel option to display the coordinate text.

4) The fourth displays the coordinates outside of the plot altogether in a different cell of a display Grid.

f[x_] := x^2;
 {{t, f[t]}},
 {Plot[f[x], {x, 0, 1}, 
   Epilog -> {PointSize[Large], Red,
              Tooltip[Point[{t, f[t]}], {t, f[t]}],
              Text[{t, f[t]}, {0.3, 0.8}]}, 
   PlotLabel -> {t, f[t]}]}
}], {t, 0, 1}]

Display coordinates of a point on a plot


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