In previous releases, graphics handles are numeric handles of
type `double`

. Starting in R2014b, graphics handles
are object handles of various types, depending on the class of the
graphics object. Graphics objects now behave like other MATLAB^{®} objects.

Most code written for numeric handles still works with object handles. For example, you can access graphics object properties and you can combine graphics objects into arrays, even if the objects belong to different classes. However, you should not perform operations that assume or require graphics handles to be numeric values, such as:

Perform arithmetic operations on handles

Use handles directly in logical statements without converting to a logical value

Rely on the numeric values of the root object (0) or figure handles (integers) in logical statements

Combine handles with data in numeric arrays

Use any program logic that depends on handles being numeric

Converting handles to character vectors or use handles in character vector operations

There are two ways to access properties of graphics objects that have object handles:

Use dot notation to refer to a particular object and property. Property names are case sensitive when using dot notation. For example, this code sets the

`Color`

property of a line to`'red'`

.`h = plot(1:10); h.Color = 'red';`

Use the

`set`

and`get`

functions to access properties for an array of objects. For example, this code sets the`LineWidth`

property for multiple lines.`h = plot(rand(4)); set(h,'LineWidth',2);`

Starting in R2014b, preallocate arrays of graphics handles using
the `gobjects`

function instead
of the `zeros`

or `ones`

function. Preallocating with `zeros`

or `ones`

still
runs without error, but can be slow.

The syntax for `gobjects`

is the same as the
syntax for `ones`

and `zeros`

.

```
h = gobjects(3,1); % preallocate
h(1) = figure;
h(2) = plot(1:10);
h(3) = gca;
```

class(h)

ans = matlab.graphics.Graphics

Starting in R2014b, test the validity of graphics handles using
the `isgraphics`

function instead
of `ishghandle`

.

x = 1:10; y = sin(x); p = plot(x,y); ax = gca; isgraphics([p,ax])

ans = 1 1

Starting in R2014b, you can refer to a figure by either its object handle or its integer
handle. The integer handle is the value in the new `Number`

property of the
figure.

h = figure; % object handle fignum = h.Number; % integer handle

`fignum`

, is a valid figure
handle.`isgraphics(fignum) % test handle validity`

ans = 1

Starting in R2014b, the `delete`

function
accepts only one input argument. To delete multiple graphics objects,
pass a single handle array to the function, instead of using multiple
arguments.

h1 = annotation('line'); h2 = annotation('ellipse'); h3 = annotation('rectangle'); delete([h1,h2,h3])

Starting in R2014b, you cannot use graphics handles in logical
expressions or rely on MATLAB to return a nonzero value or an
empty double `[]`

. Use functions such as `isempty`

, `isgraphics`

,
and `isequal`

instead.

To determine if there are existing figures, use

`isempty`

. The new`groot`

command references the root object.if ~isempty(get(groot,'CurrentFigure')) disp('There are existing figures.') else disp('There are no existing figures.') end

To determine if there are graphics objects with a certain tag, use

`isempty`

.if ~isempty(findobj('Tag','myFigures')) disp('There are objects with this tag.') else disp('There are no objects with this tag.') end

To determine if a handle is a valid figure handle, use

`isgraphics`

and the object`Type`

.if isgraphics(h,'figure') disp('h is a valid figure handle.') else disp('h is not a valid figure handle.') end

To determine if a handle is the root handle, use the new

`groot`

command.if isequal(h,groot) disp('h is the root handle') else disp('h is not the root handle') end

Starting in R2014b, you cannot use `cell2mat`

on
a cell array of graphics handles to create a numeric array. Create
an object array from the cell array instead.

p = plot(magic(3)); par = get(p,'Parent'); objarray = [par{:}]'; whos objarray

Name Size Bytes Class Attributes objarray 3x1 128 matlab.graphics.axis.Axes

Starting in R2014b, test the equality of graphics handles using `==`

or `isequal`

.

To determine if handles reference the same object, therefore, are the same handle, use

`==`

.p1 = plot(1:10); p2 = p1; p2 == p1

ans = 1

To determine if handles refer to objects of the same class with the same property values, but are not necessarily the same object, use

`isequal`

.l1 = line; l2 = line; isequal(l1,l2)

ans = 1

To use the `cellfun`

and `arrayfun`

functions to return graphics
objects, set `UniformOutput`

to `false`

.

For example:

```
t = num2str(rand);
fh = @(t) text(1,1,t);
th = cellfun(fh,{t},'UniformOutput',false);
```

Starting in R2014b, if you save a graphics object in a MAT-file
using the `save`

function, then
the MAT-file contains all the information required to regenerate the
object. In previous releases, the `save`

function
stores the object as a double and you cannot regenerate the object
when you load the MAT-file.

Avoid saving figures with the `save`

function.
Using `save`

to save a figure in R2014b or later
makes the MAT-file inaccessible in earlier versions of MATLAB.
If you use `save`

to save a figure, then the function
displays warning message. Save figures using the `savefig`

function instead.

If you write MEX-files or build engine applications, then the `mexGet`

and `mexSet`

functions
do not work on graphic object handles. Use the `mxGetProperty`

and `mxSetProperty`

functions in the C/C++
or Fortran Matrix Library instead.