How can I create shortcuts by commands?

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I'm wondering whether it is possible to create shortcuts on the toolbar by commands. I am going to release my GUI and I hope any user can install it by running a script (to add path and create a shortcut on the tool bar). Does Matlab have this kind of function/command? I just want to make the installation process simple so that even if the user is not familar with MATLAB can install the GUI by just a click. Any solution is welcome.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 18 Feb 2014
The shortcuts are stored in an XML file:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\MathWorks\MATLAB\R2013b\shortcuts_2.xml
where username is whatever name the user logged in as. It's not easy, but you could have your installer add a shortcut to that file by writing the appropriate XML commands in there. Take a look in the file at some of your existing shortcuts to see what you'll need to do.
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 18 Feb 2014
They didn't use the _2 in earlier versions like that one. I think the solution offered by per looks like the easiest way for you.

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per isakson
per isakson on 18 Feb 2014
Edited: per isakson on 18 Feb 2014
  • There is a file shortcuts_2.xml "in" prefdir, which "contains" the shortcuts. "First, make a backup ..."
  • See in FEX: Shortcut tools

Matt Tearle
Matt Tearle on 18 Feb 2014
If you're running 12b or later, why not just package and distribute your application as an app ? Then your users simply run the .mlappinstall file and your app is added to their toolstrip.

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