As you can see in the drawing, I'm making a little Manipulate program. I'd now like to decrease the size of the controls at the left—to have more space for the Graphics[]. How is this possible? I've searched in the Documentation, but haven't found anything helpful.

Perhaps is it possible to use the grey space in the left part of the screen for displaying purposes (Print or Text)? For example, print the Cosine of the angle alpha somewhere in the left Pane?

Thanks for all help!

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  • $\begingroup$ Look up the ImageSize option to Manipulator. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Nov 20, 2013 at 17:00

3 Answers 3


Put the slider vertical instead of horizontal:

Manipulate[Plot[Sin[2 Pi f t], {t, 0, 10}], 
   {f, 1, 5, ControlType -> VerticalSlider, ControlPlacement -> Left}]

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You can use the grey space for text, graphics, or whatever you wish. There are many examples in the help file for the Manipulate command.

 Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 1}], 
    {R, 0, 1},
   {{y, 1, ""}, {1, 2, 3}, Appearance -> "Vertical", Labeled -> False}, 
    ControlType -> {Slider, CheckboxBar}, 
    ControlPlacement -> {Top, Left}]

Mathematica graphics


Reading the manual some more, I found the construct Item[] to add text in the left panel. So, for example:

   Row[{"sin(α) = ",
   Dynamic[Round[Sin[alpha], 0.01]]

together with

{{alpha, 0, "alpha"}, 0, Pi/2}

works very well!

Edit: I add here the full code of the little program, as asked:

 ParametricPlot[{Cos@t, Sin@t}, {t, 0, alpha}, PlotRange -> 1.2] /. 
  Line -> Arrow
 , {alpha, 0.1, 2 Pi}
 , Delimiter
 , Item[Row[{"sin(\[Alpha]) = ", Dynamic[Round[Sin[alpha], 0.01]]}]]
 , Item[Row[{"cos(\[Alpha]) = ", Dynamic[Round[Cos[alpha], 0.01]]}]]
 , ControlPlacement -> Left

Hope this helps!

  • $\begingroup$ The Item is unnecessary. Row[..] works fine without it. And you can put both Row into one Grid, if you want. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Nov 21, 2013 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelE2: thanks for the comment! $\endgroup$
    – Gabriel
    Nov 21, 2013 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Gabriel Thank you, now I see. To address your original question you can gain a lot of space by replacing in your code this: {alpha, 0.1, 2 Pi} by this: {alpha, 0.1, 2 Pi, ControlType -> Slider, ImageSize -> {100, 15}}. Play a bit with the parameters of the ImageSize. There are few other ways I use. For example, slider - on top, sin(alfa) and so on - left. But you seem to have already received a satisfactory solution, have you? $\endgroup$ Nov 22, 2013 at 10:00
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexeiBoulbitch: yes, indeed, the solutions are satisfactory. Thanks for your comment! $\endgroup$
    – Gabriel
    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:22

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