Below is a demonstration of the features of the cFigure function





Creates a custom figure using the input structure figStruct. The cFigure function provides easy control of background color, the color definitions, the figure window size (e.g. near maximal), and enables figure property cloning. It also allows users to create hidden figures which can be made visible for instance using the mfv command.


clear; close all; clc;

Plot settings


Basic use of cFigure and specification of custom figure properties

%Modifying standard figure properties
figStruct.Name='GIBBON'; %Figure name
figStruct.Color='k'; %Figure background color

%Custom figure properties
figStruct.ColorDef='black'; %Setting colordefinitions to black
figStruct.ScreenOffset=0; %Setting spacing of figure with respect to screen edges


%Plot something
surf(peaks(25)); axis equal; axis tight;

Creating hidden figures which are made visible using mfv

The below example demonstrates how to create 1 or more figures that remain hidden until the mfv command is used. This way the figures do not "steal focus". This can be an issue sometimes when multiple figures are used over time (and with some operational systems).

%Create property structure

%Open a hidden figure

%Plot something in it
axis equal; axis tight; colormap jet;

%Open another hidden figure

%Plot something in it
axis equal; axis tight; colormap gray;

pause(2); %Add pause to demonstrate lack of visible figures

At this point all figures are hidden so have not stolen focus. The figures can be made visible using the mfv command:

mfv(H); %Now make all in H visible

Calling hidden figures using scf

%Create property structure

%Open a hidden figure without plotting anything in it

%Open another hidden figure

%Plot something in it
axis equal; axis tight; colormap autumn;

%Calling first figure again without making it visible

%Now plot something in it
hs=surf(peaks(25)); axis equal; axis tight; colormap winter;

%Now show the figures
mfv; %If this is used instead of mfv(H) then all hidden figures are shown

Using the preloaded view control widget vcw

See also: vcw;

Location of the View Control Widget (vcw) activation button in the menubar:

Press v key to activate widget, press i to show help information

Using the preloaded Export Figure Widget efw

See also: efw;

Location of the Export Figure Widget (efw) button in the menubar:


Kevin Mattheus Moerman, [email protected]

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