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Re: invisible graphics

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  • Subject: [mg33983] Re: [mg33957] invisible graphics
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murraye at>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 03:00:03 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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To turn off the "side effect" of display of a graphics object, use
option DisplayFunction -> Identity:

  g = Plot[x^2, {x, -1, 1}, DisplayFunction -> Identity];

To turn display back on later for an already-created graphics object:

  Show[g, DisplayFunction -> $DisplayFunction];

WGM wrote:
> Hi, my request is going to seem sort of silly, so I'll explain what
> I'm trying to do.  I'm creating some fairly complex plots in
> mathematica that are made of curves produced by ParametricPlot[] and
> other graphics produced from Graphics[] commands.  My problem is that
> I want to be able to easily turn certain plots "off" and "on."  I'd
> like to do this with PlotStyle if possible, but all the obvious things
> don't work.  For instance, if you do
> Plot[x^2,{x,-1,1},PlotStyle->Thickness[0]]
> you can still see the graph.  I've also tried AbsoluteThickness[0],
> PointSize[0], AbsolutePointSize[0], and Dashing[{}] and none of them
> make the plot disappear.  I can't set the color to white, because then
> the curves I'm trying to hide appear to erase the other curves in my
> picture.
> Does anyone know an option I can give to ParametricPlot that will
> cause it to not draw a graph?

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