exportgraphics: adding a margin

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dormant
dormant on 21 Jun 2021
Edited: Paul Wintz on 18 Nov 2021
Is it possible to add a margin to figures saved using the exportgraphics function?
It crops a tad too tightly for my needs.

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Paul Wintz
Paul Wintz on 15 Sep 2021
Edited: Paul Wintz on 18 Nov 2021
You can force exportgraphics to export the entire figure by drawing an white rectange around it with the command
annotation('rectangle',[0 0 1 1],'Color','w');
To adjust the margins, change the dimensions [0 0 1 1].
As noted by @David Walwark in the comments, the plot will not be interactive while it is annotated. To restore interactivity, delete the annotation after calling exportgraphics.
a = annotation('rectangle',[0 0 1 1],'Color','w');
% -> Save figure here <-
delete(a)
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David Walwark
David Walwark on 17 Nov 2021
Excellent, this really helped. If one wants the figure to remain interactive then it is best to delete the handle to that annotation after exportgraphics is called.

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Kiran Felix Robert
Kiran Felix Robert on 24 Jun 2021
Hi Dormant,
If you are trying to export multiple sub-images/plots onto a single figure, you can explore the tiledlayout to introduce spacing using the 'TileSpacing' Name-Value pair.
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Paul Wintz
Paul Wintz on 15 Sep 2021
This doesn't answer the question. How do we adjust the margins on the outside of a figure saved with exportgraphics?

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