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41 Complete GUI Examples

  • GUI_1() Demonstrate how to delete an entry from a uicontrol string.
  • GUI_10() Demonstrate how to make an image visible or invisible by pushbutton.
  • GUI_11()
  • GUI_12() Demonstrate how to control the mouse pointer from a GUI.
  • GUI_13() Demonstrate how to display & change a slider's position with an edit box.
  • GUI_14() Demonstrate colored text in a listbox, & how extract user's choice.
  • GUI_15() Demonstrate an edit text which has copyable but unchangeable text.
  • GUI_16() Demonstrate display & change a slider's position & limits with edit boxes
  • GUI_17() Demonstrate how to have a running clock in a GUI, and timer use.
  • GUI_18() Demonstrate the use of the buttondownfcn for an axes.
  • GUI_19() Demonstrate how to keep track of the number of times an action is taken
  • GUI_2() Demonstrate how to add a new entry to a uicontrol string.
  • GUI_20() Demonstrate how to get the chosen string from a popup.
  • GUI_21() Demonstrate how to get selection from a popup to an edit box & vis versa.
  • GUI_22() Demonstrate how to get selection from a popup to an edit box & vis versa.
  • GUI_23() Demonstrate finding which figure was current before callback execution.
  • GUI_24() Demonstrate how to get data from one GUI to another (data passing).
  • GUI_25() Demonstrate how to make an image loader.
  • GUI_26() Demonstrate how to make the choices in several popups mutually exclusive.
  • GUI_27() Demonstrate how to display the current location of the mouse in an axes.
  • GUI_28() Demonstrate uicontextmenu for an axes click.
  • GUI_29() Demonstrate the use of a uicontrol to manipulate an axes from a GUI,
  • GUI_3() Demonstrate how to hide a uicontrol from the user.
  • GUI_30() Same as GUI_29, except uses callback strings.
  • GUI_31() Demonstrate multiple uicontrol manipulations based on user choices.
  • GUI_32(str) Demonstrate how to get data from a GUI into the base workspace without
  • GUI_33() Demonstrate how to export data with context menu.
  • GUI_34() Demonstrate how to make a simple printscreen GUI. Note that this does
  • GUI_35() Demonstrate how to use toggle buttons to mimic tabbed panels.
  • GUI_36() Demonstrate how to make a custom dialog box which returns information.
  • GUI_37(str,time_out) Demonstrate how to make a password editbox, and nested function
  • GUI_38() Demonstrate bringing the focus to the figure after callback using JAVA.
  • GUI_39() Demonstrate use of nested functions for callbacks and other functions.
  • GUI_4() Demonstrate how to make a multiline editbox.
  • GUI_40() Demonstrate how to use an image as a background of a GUI.
  • GUI_41() Demonstrate how to save and load the state of a GUI system.
  • GUI_5() Demonstrate how to use a pushbutton to delete bits of string and how to
  • GUI_6() Demonstrate how to update one uicontrol with data from others.
  • GUI_7() Demonstrate how to store choice counters for multiple user choices.
  • GUI_8() Demonstrate how to tell which button in a uibuttongroup is selected.
  • GUI_9() Demonstrate one way to let the user know a process is running.
  • previewGUIs() This is a helper GUI which lets the user quickly view all of the example
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41 Complete GUI Examples



27 Jul 2009 (Updated )

41 working GUIs to read and learn.

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function [] = GUI_29()
% Demonstrate the use of a uicontrol to manipulate an axes from a GUI,
% and how to link two figures to close together.  
% The slider here controls the extent of the x lims up to a certain point.
% Suggested exercise: Alter the code so that an axes handle could be passed
% in as an argument.  Or a two-slider GUI could be made that controls both 
% the x and y limits.  Even more advanced:  Allow the GUI to replot if the
% limits go beyond current data.  This would require another input
% argument.
% Author:  Matt Fig
% Date:  7/15/2009

% First create the figure and plot to manipulate with the slider.
x = 0:.1:100;  % Some simple data.  Notice the data goes beyond xlim.
f = figure;  % This is the figure which has the axes to be controlled.
ax = axes;  % This axes will be controlled.
xlim([0,pi]);  % Set the beginning x/y limits.

% Now create the other GUI
S.fh = figure('units','pixels',...
              'position',[400 400 220 40],...
              'resize','off'); = uicontrol('style','slide',...
                 'position',[10 10 200 20],...
set(f,'deletef',{@delete,S.fh})  % Closing one closes the other.

function [] = sl_call(varargin) 
% Callback for the slider.
[h ax] = deal(varargin{[1;3]});  % Get the calling handle and structure.
set(ax,'xlim',[0 get(h,'val')],'ylim',[-1,1])

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