Is it possible to copy a figure with transparent background color in MATLAB 7.9 (R2009b)?

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I would like to make the background of the figure transparent and then copy/paste it into applications such as PowerPoint.
I would also like to automate this process by writing MATLAB code.

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 29 Dec 2009
The ability to copy a figure with transparent background using command line is not available in MATLAB 7.9 (R2009b).
As a workaround use the following GUI option:
  • From the figure menu select 'Edit -> Copy Options …'
  • In the Copy Options dialog box, set the Clipboard Format setting to 'Metafile (may lose information)' and set the Figure Background Color setting to 'transparent'.
  • Now, copy the figure to the clipboard by selecting the Edit menu -> Copy Figure menu item.
  • Paste the figure into PowerPoint and you should get transparent figure background.

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