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export

Convert live script or function to standard format

    Description

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    path = export(file) converts the specified live script or function to a PDF file with the same name and returns the full path to the converted file. export saves the converted file to the current folder. By default, export uses the values specified by the matlab.editor Settings when creating the converted file.

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    path = export(file,outputfile) specifies the file name and location for the converted file. If outputfile includes a file extension, the export function converts the live script or function to that format.

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    path = export(___,Name=Value) specifies options for customizing the converted file by using one or more name-value arguments in addition to the input argument combinations in previous syntaxes. For example, you can convert the specified file to a Microsoft® Word document instead of a PDF file, specify whether to hide code, or adjust the paper size and page orientation of the converted file.

    Examples

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    Convert a live script to a PDF file including the code, output, and formatted text, and save it in the current folder.

    export("myscript.mlx")
    ans =
        'C:\myFiles\myscript.pdf'

    Convert a live script to a Microsoft Word document including the code, output, and formatted text.

    wordfile = export("myscripts\myscript.mlx","myconvertedfiles\livescripts\myscript.docx")
    wordfile =
        'C:\myMATLABFiles\myconvertedfiles\livescripts\myscript.docx'

    Use name-value arguments to hide the code and change the page size and orientation of the converted file.

    wordfile = export("myscript.mlx","C:\Work\myfiles\myscript.docx", ...
        HideCode=true,PageSize="A4",Orientation="Landscape")
    wordfile =
        'C:\Work\myfiles\myscript.docx'

    Input Arguments

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    Name of live script or function to convert, specified as a character vector or string scalar. Specify file as an absolute or relative path. If file is not on the MATLAB® path, include the .mlx extension.

    Name of converted file, specified as a character vector or string scalar. Specify outputfile as an absolute or relative path. The destination folder specified by outputfile must exist and be writable.

    export uses the file extension of outputfile to determine the format of the converted file. For example, if outputfile has a .docx extension, export converts the live script or function to a Microsoft Word document.

    Name-Value Arguments

    Specify optional pairs of arguments as Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN, where Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the pairs does not matter.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",Format="docx")

    Output Options

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    Output format, specified as one of the values listed in the table.

    ValueOutput FormatDefault File Extension
    "pdf" (default)Portable Document Format (PDF).pdf
    "html"Hypertext Markup Language.html
    "docx"Microsoft Word document.docx
    "latex"LaTeX.tex
    "m"MATLAB code file.m

    Format takes precedence over the format specified by outputfile. If outputfile does not include a file extension, export uses the default file extension for the specified Format.

    When exporting to LaTeX, MATLAB creates a separate matlab.sty file in the same folder as the output document, if one does not exist already. STY files, also known as LaTeX Style Documents, give you more control over the appearance of the output document.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx","myfiles/outfile.xml", Format="html") creates an HTML file with a .xml extension.

    Whether to open the converted file after creating it, specified as a numeric or logical 1 (true) or 0 (false).

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",OpenExportedFile=true)

    Code Options

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    Whether to run the code and include the output in the converted file, specified as a numeric or logical 1 (true) or 0 (false).

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",Run=false)

    Whether to catch errors when running the live script or function during conversion, specified as a numeric or logical 1 (true) or 0 (false). If true and an error occurs, export includes the error in the converted file. If false and an error occurs, export displays the error in the Command Window and does not create a converted file.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",CatchError=false)

    Whether to hide the code, specified as a numeric or logical 1 (true) or 0 (false). If true, the code in the live script or function is hidden (not included) in the converted file. If false, the code is included. If this option is not specified, export uses the current saved state of the live script or function to determine whether to hide the code in the converted file. For example, if the specified live script or function was last saved with the code hidden, then the code is also hidden in the converted file.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",HideCode=false)

    Page size of the converted file, specified as one of the standard paper type values in this table.

    Value

    Paper Size (Width x Height)

    "Letter'

    8.5-by-11 in (default in US)

    "Legal"

    8.5-by-14 in

    "Tabloid"

    11-by-17 in

    "A2"

    42-by-59.4 cm

    "A3"

    29.7-by-42 cm

    "A4"

    21-by-29.7 cm (default in Europe and Asia)

    "A5"

    14.8-by-21 cm

    This option is available only when the converted file is a Microsoft Word document, PDF file, or LaTeX file.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",PageSize="Legal")

    Page orientation of the converted file, specified as "Portrait" or "Landscape".

    This option is available only when the converted file is a Microsoft Word document, PDF file, or LaTeX file.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",Orientation="Landscape")

    Document margins of the converted file, specified as a 1-by-4 vector of margin values with the format [left top right bottom]. Each margin value is specified in points as a positive integer between 0 and 255. A value of 72 points is equivalent to 1 inch or 2.54 cm.

    This option is available only when the converted file is a Microsoft Word document, PDF file, or LaTeX file.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",Margins=[25 72 72 25])

    Figure format of output figures in the converted file, specified as "png", "jpeg", "bmp", "svg", "eps", or "pdf". By default, the value of this name-value argument is "png" for PDF files and "eps" for LaTeX files.

    This option is available only when the converted file is a PDF file or a LaTeX file. In addition, the Run name-value argument must be true (default value) for this option to have an effect.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",FigureFormat="jpeg")

    Figure resolution of output figures in the converted file, specified in DPI as a positive integer between 36 and 2880.

    This option is available only when the converted file is a PDF file or a LaTeX file. In addition, the Run name-value argument must be true (default value) for this option to have an effect.

    Example: path = export("myfiles/mylivescript.mlx",FigureFormat=800)

    Version History

    Introduced in R2022a