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Delete files or objects


delete filename
delete filename1 ... filenameN



delete filename deletes filename from disk, without requesting verification. To change whether the specified file is permanently deleted or sent to the recycle bin, change the Delete files preference. To do so, go to the Home tab and in the Environment section, click Preferences. Select MATLAB > General and choose from one of the two options in the Delete files section. By default, the Delete permanently option is selected.


On Mac platforms, the Delete files preference is not applied to files deleted from network drives. All files are deleted permanently.

delete filename1 ... filenameN deletes the specified files from disk.


delete(h) deletes the object h. If h is an array, then delete deletes all objects in the array.

delete(handle_array) is a method of the handle class. This syntax removes from memory the handle objects referenced by handle_array. For more information, see handle.delete.


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Delete all files in the current folder with a .mat extension.

delete *.mat

Delete a graphics object and a graphics object array.

Create a figure and an axes object, and then delete the axes. The axes object is deleted, but the figure remains. The axes variable ax remains in the workspace, but no longer refers to an object.

fig = figure;
ax = axes;
ax = 

  handle to deleted Axes

Delete all the line objects created by plot.

H = plot(magic(5));

Input Arguments

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File name to delete, specified as a character vector. filename can be an absolute or relative path and can include wildcards (*).

Object to delete, specified as an object or an object array.

Introduced before R2006a

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