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How can I move the position of my GUI on the screen from the default?

Asked by hana on 14 Feb 2013

I have a GUIDE gui made with MATLAB R2011a. Non of the following techniques has worked to move the gui on the screen:

1)use of


in the main Figure's CreateFcn or the gui's Opening function

2) use of this code in Opening function:

set( handles.figure_main, ...
    'Units', 'pixels' );
%get your display size
screenSize = get(0, 'ScreenSize');
%calculate the center of the display
position = get( handles.figure_main, ...
    'Position' );
position(1) = (screenSize(3)-position(3))/2;
position(2) = (screenSize(4)-position(4))/2;
%center the window
set( handles.figure_main, ...
    'Position', position );

3)or even simple commands of:

 set(handles.figure_main,'Units', 'pixels');
 set(handles.figure_main,'Position', [900 39 912 600]);

Any help is appreciated




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5 Answers

Answer by hana on 15 Feb 2013
Accepted answer

the issue was resolved by restarting MATLAB!! There might have been a bug, but my guess is that had something to do with switching back and fort btw external and default monitor of my machine. I reset the position data in the position property of the main Figure of the gui and it worked after trying the same thing over and over!!

thanks for all your suggestions


Answer by David Kusnirak on 14 Feb 2013


try to change units from pixels to normalized

for example

   set(handles.figure_main,'Units', 'normalized');
   set(handles.figure_main,'Position', [0.5 0.5 0.1 0.1]);

if it works update the position vector to fit your requirments


David Kusnirak
Answer by hana on 15 Feb 2013
Edited by hana on 15 Feb 2013

Thank you, but normalizing units didn't work either.


Answer by Image Analyst on 15 Feb 2013

Make sure the main figure's WindowStyle property is normal, not modal or docked.


Image Analyst
Answer by Sean de Wolski on 15 Feb 2013
Edited by Sean de Wolski on 15 Feb 2013

What about part #2 from what you have above in the first part of the OutputFcn?


Sean de Wolski

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