Consider the following snippet of code:

   pts = {{0, 0}, {0, 2}, {6, 0}};
   Graphics[{Blue, Polygon[pts]}, PlotRange -> {{0, 4}, {0, 4}}]

A graphic is displayed that doesn't entirely fall within the plotrange.

Question : I have a Panel that displays graphics of different shapes and size. When automatic resizing of the graphic is not an option what is the best way to calculate the plotrange ( or any other suitable option ) so that graphics fit ?

  • $\begingroup$ I am not sure if I understand your problem completely. Would PlotRange -> {{Min[pts[[All, 1]]], Max[pts[[All, 1]]]}, {Min[pts[[All, 2]]], Max[pts[[All, 2]]]}} help (perhaps together with ImageSize)? $\endgroup$
    – partial81
    Jun 2, 2012 at 11:50
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    $\begingroup$ I must admit I don't really understand from your question what you want to achieve. Would PlotRange->All solve your problem? $\endgroup$
    – celtschk
    Jun 2, 2012 at 11:53
  • $\begingroup$ It's that any g can come in ( calculated from numerical data, or manually drawn or changed by time ). Graphics may move out of 'PlotRange' that's the issue. But I think Zachars answer helped me. $\endgroup$ Jun 2, 2012 at 12:35
  • $\begingroup$ You say you have a Panel. Can you provide the code for that Panel so it becomes clearer what you want to do with the graphics? $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Jun 2, 2012 at 15:24

1 Answer 1


Does this answer your question?

First the plot is generated with the defaults of PlotRange -> All and then the explicit PlotRange value is extracted (possibly modified) and the plot is displayed at the end:

Module[{pts, g, opt}, pts = {{0, 0}, {0, 2}, {6, 0}};
 g = Graphics[{Blue, Polygon[pts]}, PlotRange -> All];
 opt = First@AbsoluteOptions[g, PlotRange];
 Show[g, opt]

Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ I think that First@AbsoluteOptions[g, PlotRange] does, yes. I mean any g, can come in. $\endgroup$ Jun 2, 2012 at 12:34

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