Draggable data tips

Enable dragging Matlab plot data-tips
Updated 14 Mar 2019

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Matlab plots can display data-tips but these cannot be interactively moved except to the 4 corners of the data point.

This utility enables the user to interactively drag any newly-created data-tip, anywhere in the Matlab figure. A dashed line connects the dragged data-tip with the original data point.

The new draggable functionality only affects new data-tips, so it can be turned on/off to enable standard and new data-tips to co-exist in the same plot (see screenshot).

Syntax: draggableDataTips(newState)

draggableDataTips('on') or draggableDataTips(true) turns the new functionality ON for new data-tips.
draggableDataTips('off') or draggableDataTips(false) turns the new functionality OFF for new data tips.

Relies on undocumented functionality.
This utility fails in HG2 (R2014b+) - please don't bug me about it, unless you found a solution...
On HG2 (R2014b+), use Allen's submission: https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/69799-dragdatatip

Technical description:

Cite As

Yair Altman (2024). Draggable data tips (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/44065-draggable-data-tips), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2010b
Compatible with any release to R2014a
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
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Version Published Release Notes

No code change; only clarified in the Description section that this utility fails on R2014b or newer. Users of recent Matlab releases should use Allen's submission instead (see comment on 3 Jan 2019).

Fixed the bug reported by Aditya on Nov 3, 2013