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How do I change the font size in my legend?

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How do I change the font size of the labels in my legend? For example, how do I make the font size of the ‘One’, ‘Two’, ‘Three’, ‘Four’ labels bigger in my plot?

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 2 Sep 2020
You can change the font size for a MATLAB legend by setting the 'FontSize' property of the Legend object.
For example, plot four lines. Create a legend and assign the Legend object to the variable 'lgd'. Then, use dot notation to access the 'FontSize' property and set the value to 14 points.
lgd = legend('One','Two','Three','Four');
lgd.FontSize = 14;
Alternatively, you can specify the 'FontSize' property using a name-value pair argument in the 'legend' command. When including name-value pair arguments, include the legend labels in a cell array. For example:


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 20 Sep 2017
ali jebeli: which MATLAB version are you using?
FastCar on 21 Feb 2019
I had the same problem, I am using version 2016b. The Legend box became bigger but the text rermains small.
What can I do?
edit: I needed to change manually, very frustrating. Unconvenient for such an expensive software.
Jordan Fliss
Jordan Fliss on 4 Dec 2020
This problem sounds like the one I am experiencing now. After I changed the setting I saved the figure as a .fig, closed the figure window, then loaded the figure again (by simply double clicking it). After the figure reloaded my legend font changes were implemented.

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Mukesh Jadhav
Mukesh Jadhav on 9 Oct 2016
Here you go :
h = legend('x','y','z');


Tuyen Nguyen
Tuyen Nguyen on 5 Feb 2018
Hi I am using 2015b. "h= legend('x','y','z'); set(h,'FontSize',12); worked really well and it is good when we need the axes' labels in bigger sizes However it took a very long time to proceed for such two simple lines! please advise
Jamil Khan
Jamil Khan on 26 Oct 2020
this works aswell, you dont have set the legend as an object

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odo22 on 1 Dec 2016
l = legend('1', '2', '3');
l.FontSize = 40;


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Samson Msgna
Samson Msgna on 23 Mar 2018
How can we solve Error using CreateDatabase (line 22) Not enough input arguments.
Error using EigenfaceCore (line 20) Not enough input arguments.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 26 Mar 2018
You need to pass the path of the directory containing the data to EigenfaceCore . See the example.m file for example.

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