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edit

Edit or create file

Syntax

Description

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edit opens a new file called Untitled.m in the Editor. MATLAB® does not automatically save Untitled.m.

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edit file opens the specified file in the Editor. If file does not already exist, MATLAB asks if you want to create it. file can include a partial path, complete path, relative path, or no path. If file includes a partial path or no path, edit will look for the file on the search path. You must have write permission to the path to create file, otherwise, MATLAB ignores the argument.

You must specify the extension to open .mlx, .mat and .mdl files. MATLAB cannot directly edit binary files, such as .p and .mex files.

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edit file1 ... fileN opens each file, file1 ... fileN, in the Editor.

Examples

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Create and open a new file titled Untitled.m in the MATLAB® Editor (or default editor). Untitled.m does not appear in your Current Folder.

edit

Create two new files in a new folder.

Create a file in a new directory using a character vector. A dialog box appears, asking if you want to create new_script.m. Select Yes to create and open tests/new_script.m.

mkdir tests
edit tests/new_script.m

Create a second file using a string. Select Yes to create and open tests/new_script2.m.

S = string('tests/new_script2.m');
edit(S)

Create and open the files file1, file2, file3, and file4 in sequence.

edit file1 file2 file3 file4

Input Arguments

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Name of file, specified as a character vector or string. If file specifies a path that contains a nonexistent folder, MATLAB throws an error. Specify multiple files on the same line by separating filenames with a space.

If file is overloaded (that is, appears in multiple folders on the search path), then include a partial path to edit the correct page, such as

edit folderName/file

If you do not specify the extension, then edit opens a file with the specified name and a .m extension.

edit name

If the file is part of a class or package, then either specify the path and extension, or separate the components of the name with periods, such as:

edit className.name
edit packageName.name
edit packageName.className.name
edit packageName.name

Data Types: char | string

See Also

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Introduced before R2006a

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