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(Not recommended) Open Property Editor

    propedit is not recommended. Use inspect to launch the Property Inspector instead. For more information, see Compatibility Considerations.



    propedit starts the Property Editor, a graphical user interface to the properties of graphics objects. If no current figure exists, propedit will create one.

    When you dock, undock, resize, or reposition a plot tool, MATLAB® restores that configuration when you invoke the tool for subsequent figures, both within and across MATLAB sessions. There is no command to reset a plot tool to its original configuration.

    propedit(fig) operates on the specified figure instead of the current figure.


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    Show the Property Editor on a figure by calling the propedit function. The tool opens in the same configuration as last time you invoked the tool.


    Property Editor tool below a figure window. The Property Editor tool has options to set the figure name, colormap, and figure color. A check box is labeled "Show Figure Number". Two buttons are labeled "More Properties" and "Export Setup".

    Input Arguments

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    Target figure, specified as a Figure object. Use fig to show the Property Editor on a specific figure instead of the current figure.

    Example: propedit(f) shows the Property Editor plot tool on the figure f.


    If you call propedit in a MATLAB program and subsequent lines depend on the Property Editor being fully initialized, follow it by drawnow to ensure complete initialization.


    Open or close the Property Editor tool from the View menu of a figure window.

    Version History

    Introduced before R2006a

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