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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
  • contents.mSyntax Considerations for reading the M-Code:
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41 Complete GUI Examples


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27 Jul 2009 (Updated )

41 working GUIs to read and learn.

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function [] = GUI_35()
% Demonstrate how to use toggle buttons to mimic tabbed panels.  
% Creates a GUI with three toggle buttons which act as tabs.  One of the 
% tabs is not selectable until the user plots a random quartic by 
% pressing the pushbutton at the bottom of the screen.  The middle tab 
% shows the result of fitting (with polyfit) a polynomial to the "unknown" 
% quartic.  
% Suggested exercise:  Add another tab which contains help info for how to
% use the GUI.
% Author:  Matt Fig
% Date:  7/15/2009

SCR = get(0,'Screensize');  % Get screensize.
S.fh = figure('numbertitle','off',...
              'position',[SCR(3)/2-200 ,SCR(4)/2-200 , 400, 400],...
              'resize','off'); = axes('units','pixels',...
            'position',[50 100 300 230]);
S.pb1 = uicontrol('style','pushbutton',...
                  'position',[50 20 300 40],...
                  'string','Plot Random Quartic Polynomial',...
% Toggles will act as the tabs.      = uicontrol('style','toggle',...
                    'position',[5 355 60 40],...
                    'val',1); = uicontrol('style','toggle',...
                    'position',[65 355 60 40],...
                    'enable','off'); = uicontrol('style','toggle',...
                    'position',[125 355 60 40],...
S.tx = uicontrol('style','text',...
                 'position',[20 20 360 300],...
                 'string',{' ','This is a GUI with', 'fake tabs.',...
                 'Hope you enjoy.',' ',' ','Copyright:',...
                 'Matt Fig 2009'},...
W = {'style','edit','units','pixels','position'};  % Save some typing.               
S.ed(5) = uicontrol(W{:},[50 100 300 30]);
S.ed(4) = uicontrol(W{:},[50 140 300 30]);
S.ed(3) = uicontrol(W{:},[50 180 300 30]);
S.ed(2) = uicontrol(W{:},[50 220 300 30]);
S.ed(1) = uicontrol(W{:},[50 260 300 30]);
% Set remaining properties.
set(S.pb1,'callback',{@pb_call,S})  % Set the callbacks.
    'backgroundcolor',[1 1 1])

function [] = pb_call(varargin)
% Callback for pushbutton.
x = -10:.1:10; % For the plot.
plot(x,polyval(-5 + ceil(rand(1,5)*7),x));  % Plot some random quartic
set(varargin{3}.tg(2),'enable','on');  % Turn on 'Fit' tab.

function [] = tg_call(varargin)
% Callback for togglebuttons.
[h,S] = varargin{[1,3]};  % Get calling handle ans structure.

if get(h,'val')==0  % Here the Toggle is already pressed.
    set(h,'val',1) % To keep the Tab-like functioning.

L = get(,'children');  % The line object.
% Each case of the switch has one toggle associated with it.  When a toggle
% is selected the uicontrols which belong to it are made visible, and the
% others are made invisible.  This way each toggle has, in effect, its own 
% GUI.  All uicontrols are part of the main GUI, some are simply hidden
% when each toggle is selected.  This mimics the action of tabs.
switch h
        STR = 'The x^0 coefficient is:  ';
        p = round(polyfit(get(L,'xdata'),get(L,'ydata'),4));
        for ii = 0:4
            STR(7) = num2str(ii);

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