Set Print Options

Page Setup Options

MATLAB® provides special page setup options for printing from the Command Window and Editor. Page setup is not supported in the Live Editor.

To specify page setup options for printing from the Command Window, right-click in the Command Window, and then select Page Setup.

To specify page setup options for printing from the Editor, first select the Editor tab. Then, in the File section, click Print and select Page Setup.

The Page Setup dialog box opens for that tool.

Then, perform these steps:

  1. Click the Layout, Header, or Fonts tab in the dialog box and set those options for that tool, as detailed in subsequent sections. On Mac platforms, you must first select MATLAB in the Settings menu in order to see these tabs.

  2. Click OK.

  3. After specifying the options, select Print in the tool you want to print from, for example, the Command Window.

    The contents from the tool print, using the options you specified in Page Setup.

Layout Options for Page Setup

You can specify the following layout options. A preview area shows you the effects of your selections.

  • Print header — Print the header specified in the Header pane.

  • Print line numbers — Print line numbers.

  • Wrap lines — Wrap any lines that are longer than the printed page width.

  • Syntax highlighting — For keywords and comments that are highlighted in the Command Window, specify how they are to appear in print. Options are black and white text (that is, no highlighting), colored text (for use with a color printer), or styled text. For styled text, keywords appear in bold, comments appear in italics, and all other text appears in the normal style. Only keywords and comments you input in the Command Window are highlighted; output is not highlighted.

Header Options for Page Setup

If you want to print a header, select the Layout tab and then select Print header. Next, select the Header tab and specify how the elements of the header are to appear. A preview area shows you the effects of your selections:

  • Page number — Format for the page number, for example # of n

  • Border — Border style for the header, for example, Shaded box

  • Layout — Layout style for the header. For example, Standard one line includes the date, time, and page number all on one line

Fonts Options for Page Setup

Specify the font to use for the printed contents:

  1. From Choose font, select the element, either Body or Header, where Body text is everything except the Header.

  2. Select the font to use for the element.

    For example, if you access this dialog box while using the Command Window, you can select Use Command Window font for Body text. The printed text matches the Command Window font.

  3. Repeat for the other element.

    If you did not select Print header on the Layout pane, you do not need to specify the Header font.

As an example, for Header text, select Use custom font and then specify the font characteristics — type, style, and size. After you specify a custom font, the Sample area shows how the font will look.


You can change the font that a desktop tool uses. On the Home tab, in the Environment section, click Preferences > Fonts > Custom.