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16 Jul 2013 (Updated )

Create a title for a figure with multiple subplots.

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FIGTITLE(titlestring,varargin) creates a title centered at the top of a figure. This may be used to add a title to a figure with several subplots.

titlestring: must be a string.

varargin: (optional) Any text properties paired in the following form:

h = figtitle('my title'); returns the handle h of the title, which can later be edited by set(h) or removed by delete(h).


figtitle('My Title')

figtitle('My Title','fontweight','bold')

figtitle('My Title,'fontsize',18,'fontangle','oblique')

h = figtitle('My Title');

In many cases a figure title may overlap a subplot title. To reduce ambiguity, try pairing this function with the ntitle function, which is available on the Mathworks File Exchange here: The image for this FEX upload was created using the figtitle and ntitle example given in figtitle.m.


Ntitle and Mtit: A Pedestrian Major Title Creator inspired this file.

Required Products MATLAB
MATLAB release MATLAB 8.0 (R2012b)
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11 Oct 2013 Thomas

Nice tool. May I suggest that you change the command "axes(hca)" to "set(gcf,'CurrentAxes',hca)", on line 116? This will avoid making the figure visible for those who plot to invisible figures. (Primarily done to speed up figure creation when printing to file.)

19 Aug 2013 Chad Greene

Thanks for bringing submission 3218 to my attention, Felipe--I had not seen it before. Mtit and figtitle are synonymous, but one small difference is that figtitle is designed for the novice user who may be scared off by a complex title like "mtit: a pedestrian major title creator".

I created figtitle after my search of File Exchange came up empty, and in retrospect it is possible that I found mtit in my search but it was not clear what mtit does or how to use it. The figtitle function has an intuitive name that can be comfortably said aloud in a workplace setting, and on this page I have attempted to provide straightforward examples that should look familiar to anyone who has used the 'title' command. There is also a picture on this page to immediately help the FEX user identify what figtitle does.

For anyone deciding whether to adopt usage of mtit or figtitle, my guess is that mtit may be slightly more powerful and figtitle may be slightly more intuitive.

29 Jul 2013 Felipe

Could you please compare figtitle to "mtit", FX submission #3218? Thanks.

18 Jul 2013

Updated examples. Also no longer returns a title handle unless the user requests it.

19 Aug 2013

Acknowledged submission 3218.

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