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I'm a very beginner in using circuitikz in my tex documents.

I'd like to obtain a label that shows both the part name and the component value. Looking in this forum I found this solution:

\draw (0,0) to  [R, l_={\parbox{1cm}{\centering R$_1$\\\SI{510}{\ohm}}}] (2,0);

The output is good but I'm not very satisfied by the code.

Is there any simpler/easier solution?

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Welcome to TeX.SE. One way would be to define \newcommand*{\MyLabel}[3][1cm]{\parbox{#1}{\centering #2 \\ #3}}, and then use it as ` l_=\MyLabel{$R_1$}{\SI{510}{\ohm}}`. – Peter Grill Aug 1 '12 at 18:25
Thank you for your answer! This is a good and simple solution! – bersanri Aug 4 '12 at 8:26
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Here I provide a different solution from the one suggested by Peter.

Basically, I define a new kind of label lx that accepts two commands: the first one is the component name (for example R_1, C_1) and the second is dedicated to the component value. Its behaviour is similar to the standard l, therefore the followings:

  • lx_=...
  • lx^=...

hold. In conclusion, the command should be used as:

lx_={component_name and component_value}

For instance:

lx^={C$_1$ and \SI{1}{\farad}}

Here is the complete example:


\ctikzset{lx/.code args={#1 and #2}{ 
  \pgfkeys{/tikz/circuitikz/bipole/label/name=\parbox{1cm}{\centering #1  \\ #2}}

\ctikzset{lx^/.style args={#1 and #2}{ 
    lx=#2 and #1,
    \circuitikzbasekey/bipole/label/position=90 } 

\ctikzset{lx_/.style args={#1 and #2}{ 
    lx=#1 and #2,
    \circuitikzbasekey/bipole/label/position=-90 } 

\draw (0,-3) to  [R, lx_={R$_1$ and \SI{510}{\ohm}}] (2,-3);
\draw (6,-3) to  [C, lx^={C$_1$ and \SI{1}{\farad}}] (8,-3);


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This is what I was looking for! I probably will use lx=#1 and #2, even with then lx^ command. Thank you! – bersanri Aug 4 '12 at 8:24
Glad of having helped you. For lx^ I personally prefer this solution, but it's just an opinion. :) – Claudio Fiandrino Aug 4 '12 at 11:55

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