You can close, minimize, and undock desktop tools to optimize the desktop layout. Once you design a layout you like, you can save it for reuse.
This table shows how you can optimize the MATLAB® desktop layout on your screen. To optimize the MATLAB Online™ desktop, see Desktop Layout in MATLAB Online.
Minimize or restore the MATLAB toolstrip
To minimize, at the lower right corner of the toolstrip, click .
To restore, select one of the tab labels and in the lower right corner of the toolstrip, click .
Open or hide a tool
On the Home tab, in the Environment section, click Layout. Then, under Show, select, or clear desktop tools you want to show or hide.
Maximize a tool
Do one of the following:
Minimize a tool
On the title bar of a docked tool, click , and then select Minimize .
The button for the tool appears along the edge of the MATLAB desktop indicated by the arrow in the Minimize icon. Move the button to a different edge of the desktop by dragging it.
To use a minimized tool, click the button for the tool to open the tool temporarily on the desktop. When you finish using the tool, click another tool.
Restore a tool as it appeared before maximizing or minimizing
Do one of the following:
Move a tool
Drag a tool by its title bar to a new location. The status bar indicates where the tool moves if you release the mouse.
Close a tool
On the title bar of a docked tool, click , and then select Close.
Show or hide title bars
On the Home tab, in the Environment section, click Layout. Then, under Show, select, or clear Panel Titles.
Show or hide a toolbar in a figure window
From the View menu, select the toolbar of interest.
Undock tools to move them outside the desktop
Do one of the following:
Move undocked tools back to the desktop
At the upper right of the tool panel, click , and then select Dock.
Manage a desktop arrangement
On the Home tab, in the Environment section, click Layout, and then select an option.
MATLAB stores the arrangements you save as XML files in
folder for MATLAB. The layout last used in a session is
When you end a session, MATLAB saves the current desktop arrangement. The next time you start MATLAB, the desktop appears as you left it. However, tools such as the Help browser, web browser, and Variables editor do not reopen automatically, even if they were open when you ended the last session. You can use startup options to specify tools that you want to open on startup. For more information, see Specify Startup Options. Startup options are not available MATLAB Online.
MATLAB Online provides access to MATLAB from a standard web browser. To change the desktop layout in MATLAB Online go to the Home tab, click Layout, and then select an option. To move an individual tool, drag the tool by its title bar to a new location. You cannot undock a tool in MATLAB Online.
To minimize a tool, collapse the panel in which the tool resides. For example, if the MATLAB Online desktop is in the default layout with the Current Folder browser in the left side panel, click the button at the bottom left corner of the panel to collapse the panel. To restore the panel, click the button.
If the left or right side panel contains multiple tools, you can minimize an individual tool by clicking the button to the left of the tool's title bar. Multiple tools in the bottom panel display as tabs and cannot be minimized.
When you open MATLAB documents, they open in the associated tool, such as the Editor or Variables editor. The Editor and Variables editor appear in the position they occupied when last used. Entries for undocked documents appear on the Windows® task bar, or the equivalent for your platform. Click the task bar entry for a document to make that document active.
This table shows how to optimize the layout of documents within a tool.
Change the tabs position
On the View tab, in the Document Tabs section, click Tabs Position, and then select an option.
In MATLAB Online, on the title bar of the tool, click , select Tab Position, and then select an option.
Drag a document tab to a different position.
To alphabetize names of documents, in the Document Tabs section of the View tab, select Alphabetize.
Arrange or tile documents
In the Editor and Variables editor, select the View tab. In the Tiles section, click a tile option.
In a Figure panel, Help browser, or web browser, select a tile option, , , , or , on the right side of the toolbar.
In MATLAB Online, on the title bar of the tool, click , select Tile All, and then select a tile option.
Move a tiled document
Drag the document tab to another tile. If you drag it to a tile that already contains a document, the document you are dragging covers up the other document.
Undock a document
|Right-click the document tab and then select Undock.|
Close and save the document currently displaying
Close a document in the Editor without saving
|Click Ctrl +.|