The method you use to start MATLAB® software depends on your platform.
On systems running Windows® 8, go to the Windows Start screen or the desktop and click the MATLAB R2016a icon.
On systems running Windows 7, click the Windows Start menu, and then select MATLAB R2016a .
On systems running Windows XP, click the Windows Start menu, and then select Programs > MATLAB > R2016a, and click MATLAB R2016a.
If you chose to create a shortcut on your desktop during the installation, you can double-click the MATLAB icon on the desktop.
matlabroot is your MATLAB installation
folder, and double-click
Mac OS X Systems:
Navigate to your installation folder and double-click the MATLAB icon.
Throughout the term of your license, your MATLAB installation periodically contacts MathWorks to verify that your license is up-to-date. If your license is up to date, the validation process is transparent. If it determines that you need to update your license, the validation process displays a dialog box giving you the option to update your license.
You can disable validation at the License Center at the MathWorks website. See the License Center Help for step-by-step instructions.
If you start MATLAB using the shortcut on your desktop, the
initial current folder (or startup folder) is
(You can choose to have the installer create this shortcut at Step 8: Specify Installation Options.) To learn
how to specify the startup folder, see the MATLAB Desktop Tools and
Development Environment documentation.
To customize MATLAB environment options, create a file
startup.m in the
and add commands to it. For example, you can use the
to specify welcome messages, default definitions, or any MATLAB expressions
that you want executed every time you invoke MATLAB. The
includes a sample startup file, named
that you can rename and use as a starting point.
Perform any additional configuration by typing the appropriate
command at the MATLAB command prompt. For example, to configure
the MATLAB Notebook, type
After successfully installing MATLAB, you are probably eager to get started using it. The following list provides pointers to sources of information and other features you might find helpful in getting started with MATLAB.
Get an overview of MATLAB and its capabilities
Read the MATLAB Getting Started documentation.
Find out what's new in this release
Read the Release Notes documentation.
Start a product or access product demonstration programs
Select the Apps tab, browse the apps gallery, and find the app you want to start.
Get information about specific MATLAB features
On the Home tab, in the Resources section, click Help > Documentation to view reference and tutorial information in hyperlinked HTML format.
Get help with specific questions you cannot find answered in the documentation
Go to the MathWorks® website (