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Basic Settings

Desktop appearance, fonts, colors, keyboard shortcuts

Personalize the MATLAB® desktop by optimizing the layout, defining custom keyboard shortcuts, and setting color, font, and other desktop preferences.


prefdirFolder containing preferences, settings, history, and layout files
preferencesOpen Preferences dialog box


Change Fonts

Change the font size, name, and style used by tools in MATLAB such as the Editor and Command Window.

Change Color Settings

Adjust color settings for MATLAB desktop tools.

Access Frequently Used Features

Specify which controls appear on the quick access toolbar, as well as the location of the controls.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate MATLAB

Learn to use MATLAB using only the keyboard.

Use a Screen Reader in MATLAB Online

Use a keyboard and screen reader in MATLAB Online™ to interact with the Command Window, create and edit scripts and functions in the Editor, and navigate through the MATLAB desktop tools.

Customize Keyboard Shortcuts

Use the keyboard shortcuts as an alternative to a mouse or other pointing device to access desktop features.

Optimize Desktop Layout

Learn how to open desktop tools and about the various ways to arrange them.

Set Print Options

Set options for printing from desktop tools.


Specify options for tools such as fonts, colors, and more.