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Close all figures except those listed

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11 Jun 2009 (Updated )

Close all figures except those listed by the user.

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Currently, if you have many figures open at once, but decide you only want to keep one or two of them, you have to manually close all the other figures. This function is a simple tool for keeping the figures you want and closing all the others. Also, called with no arguments, 'cab' is a convenient, three-letter replacement for 'close all'.

Acknowledgements

This file inspired Causal State Modeller Toolbox.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.5 (R2007b)
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Comments and Ratings (14)
03 Apr 2013 Clara  
30 Jan 2013 onur

THANKS

30 Jan 2013 onur  
20 Sep 2012 Katarzyna Zarnowiec  
20 Jun 2012 Christof Sailer  
18 Oct 2011 Danielle

Great! Just what I was looking for!

14 Jul 2011 svetlana

Cool!

02 Oct 2009 Chamane

Excellent code! Thanks

24 Jun 2009 Karl

Thanks for the improvement, Thierry! The 'cellfun(@fcn, ...)' method, though elegant, unfortunately doesn't work on Matlab 6.x (which some of us still have to use. Sigh.)

24 Jun 2009 Jan

Very handy indeed. And nice tweak, Thierry

24 Jun 2009 Thierry Dalon

Good idea!
I prefer to use 0 for gcf or 'last' option.
I've modified the function like this:
function cab(varargin)
% CAB close all but
% This function closes all figures currently open EXCEPT for
% those listed as arguments. 'cab' stands for 'close all but'.
%
% SYNTAX:
% CAB figure_handle1 figure_handle2 ... (command line syntax)
% CAB(figure_handle1, figure_handle2, ...)
% Use 0 for gcf. CAB 0 closes all figures except current one.
% CAB : same as close all
%
if nargin==0,
close all;
return
end

% all_figs = findall(0, 'type', 'figure'); % Uncomment this to include ALL windows, including those with hidden handles (e.g. GUIs)
all_figs = findobj(0, 'type', 'figure');

if iscellstr(varargin) % command line syntax
figs2keep=cellfun(@str2double,varargin);
else
figs2keep=[varargin{:}];
end
figs2keep(figs2keep==0)=gcf;
delete(setdiff(all_figs, figs2keep)

22 Jun 2009 Aurelien Queffurust

A fantastic short code to save time ! Thanks for this submission!

19 Jun 2009 Michelle Hirsch

I love it. Not sure how I got along for 15 years without it! One small note - the "last" syntax actually keeps the current figure open, which wasn't necessarily the last one created. I love this behavior so much, that I tweaked CAB to do this with no input arguments, too.

Thanks for a simple, elegant, and very useful function.

15 Jun 2009 Itamar

Cool things. I love it. It is really useful to me as i work with a lot of figures open.

Updates
22 Jun 2009

Fixed 'last' option so it actually closes the last figure opened, rather than the current figure.

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