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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 (

Comments and Ratings (5)

Mohit Kumar

very useful. Thanks

awesomeee !!!

thanks alot


Yumeng (view profile)

Great tool for subplots!

Yuhui Tong

Great job, nice and neat! Thank you very much!

Thanks for this work



example image was lost in the last update.


Changed default font size.


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

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