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SCROLLSUBPLOT Create axes in tiled positions.

SCOLLSUBPLOT(m,n,p), breaks the Figure window into
an m-by-n matrix of small axes, selects the p-th axes for the current plot, and returns the axis handle. The axes are counted along the top row of the Figure window, then the second row, etc. For example,

    SCROLLSUBPLOT(3,1,-1), PLOT(income)
    SCROLLSUBPLOT(3,1,1), PLOT(declared_income)
    SCROLLSUBPLOT(3,1,2), PLOT(tax)
    SCROLLSUBPLOT(3,1,3), PLOT(net_income)
    SCROLLSUBPLOT(3,1,4), PLOT(the_little_extra)

plots declared_income on the top third of the window, tax in the middle, and the net_income in the bottom third. Above the top of the figure income is ploted and below the lower edge
the_little_extra is to be found. To navigate there is a slider along the right figure edge.
SCROLLSUBPLOT now also work with less regular subplot-layouts:
    axs3(1) = scrollsubplot(3,3,1);
    axs3(2) = scrollsubplot(3,3,3);
    axs3(3) = scrollsubplot(3,3,[4,7]);
    axs3(4) = scrollsubplot(3,3,5);
    axs3(5) = scrollsubplot(3,3,[3,6]);
    axs3(6) = scrollsubplot(3,3,10);
    axs3(7) = scrollsubplot(3,3,[8,9,11,12]);
    axs3(8) = scrollsubplot(3,3,[13,14,15);
    for i1 = 1:8,
      if ishandle(axs3(i1))

The function works well for regular grids where m,n is constant for all p. When m,n varies there is no guaranti that the steps of the slider is nicely adjusted to the sizes of the subplots.

SCROLLSUBPLOT now also works with mouse-wheel scroll.

Differences with SUBPLOT: SCROLLSUBPLOT requires 3 input arguments, no compatibility with subplot(323), no handle as input. Further PERC_OFFSET_L is decreased from 2*0.09 to 0.07
and PERC_OFFSET_R is decreased from 2*0.045 to 0.085. This leaves less space for titles and labels, but give a plaid grid of subplots even outside the visible figure area.

Bug/feature when the slider is shifted from its initial position and then extra subplots is added, they get mis-positioned.


Comments and Ratings (16)

Very usefull

Very nice.


hemant (view profile)

Is it possible to generate an image from this. Using print only prints the current section of the window.

Using scrollsubplot(N,3,i), where N is a constant and i = 1:N in a for-loop, the function resulted in the same plot as if I had used subplot(). That is squeezed plots and no scrolling-bar

Matlab R2016a


Joe (view profile)

Bjorn, I was wondering if it is possible to put other things inside of the scroll functionality. For example, I have a title I'd like to scroll with some axes. Is this possible?

@ Shai Asher -

If you put scollsubplot in a loop, something like:

for i=1:7
 plots2fix{i} = scrollsubplot(3,1,i)

Then you have a handle (plots2fix) for each subplot created by scrollsubplot.

Then you can modify the size of each subplot by changing the values of plots2fix{i}.Position. This can be done systematically insdie the loops as well.

Shai Asher

i found that if i have a several lines worth of xlabel, the scrolling doesn't account for that and the lower lines are cut off of the figure.
any got any ideas?


Jesse (view profile)

Please help. I get this error when I try to plot something like subplot(1,2,[3,4]):

Operands to the || and && operators must be convertible to logical scalar values.
Error in scrollsubplot (line 235)
if ( nrows*ncols < thisPlot || thisPlot < 1 )

Fantastic, worked without any problem!


Jakob (view profile)


nice tool, could you make it working with asymmetrical subplots like for example scrollsubplot(2,2,[1 3])?

Would be cool


HaveF (view profile)

can you add ability of mouse scrolling ?
Thanks for useful feature

David Escot


Telmo Amaral

This function did precisely what I needed in the easiest possible way: just had to replace all the calls to subplot with calls to scrollsubplot. Particularly liked the fact that page-up/down scroll the defined number of rows, whereas arrow-up/down scroll only one row at a time - very intuitive.

reno renovic

I may be helpfull if you would add a little example how to use this m.file



Now handles irregular tiling of subplots, and responds to mouse-wheel scrolling.

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