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Close all figures except those listed

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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'.

Comments and Ratings (16)

Daniel

Daniel (view profile)

Very nice !! Thanks

Clara

Clara (view profile)

onur

onur (view profile)

THANKS

onur

onur (view profile)

Danielle

Great! Just what I was looking for!

svetlana

Cool!

Chamane

Excellent code! Thanks

Karl

Karl (view profile)

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.)

Jan

Jan (view profile)

Very handy indeed. And nice tweak, Thierry

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)

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

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.

Itamar

Itamar (view profile)

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

Updates

1.1

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

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MATLAB 7.5 (R2007b)
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