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Matlab 2020b crashes everytime I close a figure manually

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On macbook pro, Matlab 2020b crashes (or rather hangs/becomes unresponsive) everytime I close a figure manually, i.e. click the red cross on the figure window. Close all works fine though.
Igor Gitelman
Igor Gitelman on 25 May 2022
On macOS 12.2.1, Matlab R2022a. Block Gramerly for matlab do the job.
Shaima Guediri
Shaima Guediri on 20 Jul 2022
let me share with you a simple solution that I found and it solved this issues , I read some solution from this link:
and found this one by Fenglong Song, so all you have to do is goto -> General -> Source control and select 'None'.
and that solved my problem with matlab freezing each time I close a plot

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Answers (9)

ruubef on 26 Jan 2022
Edited: ruubef on 27 Jan 2022
The app "Grammarly" also generates this issue. Disintalling Grammarly solves the problem.
MIHIR GAGLANI on 10 May 2022
Same here grammarly causing the Matlab to fail either furing uigetdir or while closing a figure. Thanks a lot for your solution.
Xiang on 29 Jan 2024
Thanks! It works for me too. Remember to uninstall all applications related to Grammarly.

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James Huth
James Huth on 3 Jan 2024
I have the same problem with R2023b. Try to close scopes... crashes and I get spinning beach balls.

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 13 Nov 2020
That can happen if you have a ClosereqFcn callback that does not return.
To examine this, check
fig = gcf;
disp(get(fig, 'CloseRequestFcn'))
Normal is to see closereq for both of those, and for
>> which closereq
snj on 16 Nov 2020
Thanks for your answer. I get 2 x closereq, and /Applications/
Bo Liu
Bo Liu on 15 Aug 2022
Thanks for the ansewr! This is also the issue for me. But how can I resolve this problem?

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Ameer Hamza
Ameer Hamza on 13 Nov 2020
I also saw this problem recently on macOS. This problem is caused by how MATLAB respond to accessibility API. Read the answer here: One of the other apps on your macOS is causing this problem (apparently not their fault, rather how MATLAB responds to those apps). The only workaround is to disable the accessibility API for that app. You need to do trial and error to find out which app is causing the issue.
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snj on 16 Nov 2020
Thanks for your answer. This could be the case, I will check and get back with outcome.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne Martin on 14 Mar 2021
I have this problem on Windows. When I look at the status of the Matlab program, it is waiting on network io. It always clears itself in anthing from a few seconds to a few minutes, as though something responds or times out. Dont' know what it's waiting for?

Abhishek Shah
Abhishek Shah on 18 Jan 2024
I have the same problem also with R2023b. Whenver I try to close the figures manually with the red x on the top left corner, it crashes (application does not respond while I get the spinning beach ball).

tetonedge on 29 Jan 2021
It is usually Magnet or something similar

FEDERICO on 4 Jan 2024
Same problem here while using PLS Toolbox, every time i close a figure i get the spinning beach ball, I tried reinstalling everything but nothing has changed. MBP 14 M1 Pro with Sonoma 14.2.1 and Matlab 2023b.

Athar Ali
Athar Ali on 28 Aug 2022
I experience same issue on MAC book Pro. Matlab 2020b and Matlab 2022a. While editing the figure or scope image.


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