There are several ways to start MATLAB® on a Microsoft® Windows® platform.
In these instructions,
Release refers to
your MATLAB release number, for example, R2013b.
On Windows 8 systems, go to the Windows Start
screen or the desktop and click the MATLAB
On Windows 7 systems, if you chose to have the
installer put a shortcut to the MATLAB program on the Windows Start
menu, select Start > MATLAB
On Windows XP systems, select Start > Programs > MATLAB >
Release > MATLAB
If you chose to have the installer create a shortcut, double-click the MATLAB shortcut on your Windows desktop.
Double-click a file with any of a number of file extensions
in the Windows Explorer tool. The installer sets up associations
between these file types and MathWorks® products during
installation. For example, double-clicking a file with a
starts MATLAB and opens the file in the MATLAB Editor. For
more information, see Associate Files with MATLAB on Windows Platforms.
After starting MATLAB, the desktop opens. Desktop components that were open when you last shut down MATLAB are opened on startup. You can specify other startup options, such the initial working folder—for more information, see Startup Options and MATLAB Startup Folder.
If you have trouble starting MATLAB, see Troubleshooting topics in the Installation Guide.
On Windows systems, the MathWorks Installer installs and configures a utility program that can speed up MATLAB startup, called the MATLAB Startup Accelerator. For information about this program, including information about how to modify the configuration, see Post-Installation Tasks in the Installation documentation.