HoldForm in defined function doesn't seem to work

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg99182] HoldForm in defined function doesn't seem to work*From*: joel.aufgang at gmail.com*Date*: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 06:37:14 -0400 (EDT)

I'm struggling to understand why this doesn't work: f[x_] = HoldForm[x]; HoldForm[123 456 789] (* returns "123 x 456 x 789" *) f[123 456 789] (* returns"44253432" *) I don't understand why the two results are different. Is there a special trick I need to do to be able to define f so that the HoldForm works? I'm using this to help visualize the way a notebook represents typed expressions, so I'm trying to do something like this: BoxTree[expr_] := TreeForm[ToBoxes[HoldForm[expr]][[1]]]; a b c d e // BoxTree 123 456 789 // BoxTree (* want this to show as a RowBox like the previous example *) Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: HoldForm in defined function doesn't seem to work***From:*Leonid Shifrin <lshifr@gmail.com>

**Re: HoldForm in defined function doesn't seem to work***From:*"Scot T. Martin" <smartin@seas.harvard.edu>