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06 Jun 2013 (Updated )

Place a title inside a plot. Reduces title/xlabel ambiguity in figures with multiple subplots.

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ntitle(titlestring,varargin) places a title within the plot instead of on top. In the spirit of Edward Tufte, this is intended to keep the title close to the data it describes and minimize wasted space. The ntitle function may prove particularly useful for figures with several subplots, where titles can sometimes become confused with xlabels above them.

By default, ntitle centers the title at the top of the plot, but any of the location coordinates (e.g., north, southwest, etc.) can be used with the argument 'location'. Output h provides the handle for the ntitle.

% First make a plot:
x = -50:.1:50;
y = 10*sin(x)+.1*x.^2;
axis([-50 50 -50 300])
box off

% Here are 9 obnoxious examples of how to use ntitle:
ntitle('Title 1');
ntitle('{\it Title 2}','location','northwest');
ntitle('Title 3 ','location','northeast','fontsize',10,'edgecolor','b');
ntitle(' Title 4 ','location','east','color','r');
ntitle('Title 5','location','center','color','m','backgroundcolor','y');
ntitle(' Title 6','location','west','color',[.2 .5 .8]);
ntitle(' Title 7','location','southwest','fontname','Courier');
ntitle('Title 8','location','south','fontweight','bold','fontname','Times');
h9 = ntitle('Title 9 ','location','southeast','fontsize',30);

Consider pairing ntitle with figtitle (


This file inspired Label and Figtitle.

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MATLAB release MATLAB 8.0 (R2012b)
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18 Aug 2014 Ismail M. El-Badawy

Thanks for this work

18 Jul 2013

A title handle is now returned only if the user requests it.

05 Aug 2013

Changed default font size.

19 Aug 2013

example image was lost in the last update.

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