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Move the position of y-axis exponent (R2017a)

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Ulla Heede
Ulla Heede on 7 Dec 2017
Commented: Adam Danz on 16 Sep 2020
I have data plotted on my y-axis with values in the order of 10^10, and I'm using a reverse axis. I want to keep the scientific notation exponent on the axis on the top of my plot as it interfers with the x-axis labels otherwise. How do I do it? I could only find answers for earlier versions.
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 15 Sep 2020
Matilda's answer moved here as a comment
I have the same question !, if anyone has an answer it would be great !

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Jaime López
Jaime López on 15 Sep 2020
Edited: Jaime López on 15 Sep 2020
As far as I know, there is no direct way to interact with the exponent of any axis.
A workaround, with the drawback that is has to be done by hand, is to put the exponent wherever you want writting it as text, using annotation():
If so, first you have to make the old one dissapear, which you can do by setting the YTickLabelMode property to 'manual'. For example:
AxisObject = gca; % Asigns the axis to a variable
ExponentToBeUsedLater = AxisObject.YAxis.Exponent; % Stores the exponent for later, since it is going to be erased
AxisObject.YTickLabelMode = 'manual'; %Set the Y tick labels to manual, which kind of deletes the exponent
*Remember that, if you set the YTickLabelMode to manual, the tick labels (the little numbers along the axis) will no longer change automatically if you resize your figure, so you have to that first.
Once the old exponent is erased, you can manually add the new one
annotation('textbox', WhereverYouWantYourExponent, 'String', ['x 10^', num2str(ExponentToBeUsedLater)], 'EdgeColor', 'none');
You can find additional options for annotation() in the Matlab documentation
Jaime López
Jaime López on 16 Sep 2020
I can't do it either. I didn't have that exact problem, but a related one that I exposed in the forums:

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