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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


Matt Fig (view profile)


27 Jul 2009 (Updated )

41 working GUIs to read and learn.

Editor's Notes:

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function [] = previewGUIs()
% This is a helper GUI which lets the user quickly view all of the example
% GUIs in order to find one that they need for a particular purpose.
% If the stop button is pressed, the runthrough GUI will be deleted but the
% currently visible example GUI will remain onscreen.  If the continue
% button is pressed, the current example GUI will close and the next one
% will open.
% This will skip all GUIs which call uiwait on startup.  These are:
% GUI_11,34,36,37
% Author:  Matt Fig
% Date:  1/15/2010

S.fh = figure('units','pixels',...
              'position',[800 500 200 50],...
S.pb(1) = uicontrol('style','push',...
                    'position',[10 10 85 30],...
S.pb(2) = uicontrol('style','push',...
                    'position',[105 10 85 30],...
set(S.pb(:),'callback',{@pb_call,S})  % Set callbacks.
S.TF = false;  % Flag for stopping the loop.

for ii = 1:41
    if ii == 11 || ii == 34 || ii == 36 || ii==37
        STR = ['GUI_',num2str(ii)];  % You just know what is coming next.
    eval(STR)  % Invoke the GUI.  Note that no 'poofing' is taking place.
    H = findobj(0,'name',['GUI_',num2str(ii)]); % So we can close it.
    uiwait(S.fh) % Wait for continue or stop button.
    if S.TF
        close(S.fh)  % Found the one we are looking for.
    close(H);  % Keep looking.

close(S.fh)  % Nothing was found, so stop looking.

    function [] = pb_call(varargin)
    % Callback for the buttons.
       if varargin{1}==S.pb(2)
           S.TF = true;
       uiresume  % On to next loop iteration.


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