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A on 3 Mar 2016
Commented: Roberto on 2 Jun 2020
Hi guys,
I have a GUI with inputs and a plot. I want to print this ideally to PDF. Is this possible?

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Geoff Hayes
Geoff Hayes on 5 Mar 2016
Edited: Geoff Hayes on 5 Mar 2016
A - a GUI is a figure, so you can use print to save it as an image or as a PDF. For example, I would launch my GUI as
h = myGui;
where h is the handle to the GUI. Then to print this to file, I would use
or whichever format you wish. You may find that some experimentation is required to get the image of the GUI to appear as desired. Sometimes, it is just easier to do a (for example) Windows or Mac screen capture of the (running) GUI and use that captured image within your file.
If this occurs from within a pushbutton callback of the GUI, then there is no need for the h parameter. You could just use the GUI figure handle instead
function pushbutton_Callback(hObject, eventdata, handles)
or whatever the Tag property has been set to for your figure.
Roberto on 2 Jun 2020
Hi... I am struggling with the same problem.
So far I am able to save the GUI figure into a PNG file, but the result is weird.
The GUI does not handle the 'PaperPositionMode' or any of these commands.
you can try, but the result isn't pretty.
[File,Path] = uiputfile('*.png');
FileOUT = [Path File];
Roberto on 2 Jun 2020
partial solution.... open the GUI using the guide command and just go to the properties editor and set the PaperPositionMode in auto.
That should do the trick.

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