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Synchronize limits of multiple axes

## Syntax

``linkaxes(ax)``
``linkaxes(ax,dimension)``

## Description

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````linkaxes(ax)` synchronizes the limits of the specified vector of axes. Synchronizing limits allows you to zoom or pan in one plot or figure and display the same range of data in another plot or figure. When you first call `linkaxes`, the function chooses new limits that incorporate the current limits of all the specified axes. ```

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````linkaxes(ax,dimension)` synchronizes the axes limits for the specified axis dimension. For example, `linkaxes(ax,'x')` synchronizes the limits for the x-axis only.```

## Examples

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Starting in R2019b, you can display a tiling of plots using the `tiledlayout` and `nexttile` functions. Call the `tiledlayout` function to create a 3-by-1 tiled chart layout. Call the `nexttile` function to create the axes objects `ax1`, `ax2`, `and` `ax3`. Then plot into each axes.

```tiledlayout(3,1) % First plot ax1 = nexttile; x1 = linspace(0,6); y1 = sin(x1); plot(x1,y1) % Second plot ax2 = nexttile; x2 = linspace(0,10); y2 = 2*sin(2*x2); plot(x2,y2) % Third plot ax3 = nexttile; x3 = linspace(0,12,200); y3 = 4*sin(6*x3); plot(x3,y3)``` Synchronize the x-axis and y-axis limits of each plot. Note that the new axes limits incorporate the old limits.

`linkaxes([ax1 ax2 ax3],'xy')` Set the x-axis limits for the first plot. All of axes are linked, so the x-axis limits in the second and third plots also change.

`ax1.XLim = [0 4.5];` Panning or zooming into one of the plots displays the same range of data in the other two plots.

To remove the linking, use `linkaxes([ax1 ax2 ax3],'off')`.

Create two plots in a 2-by-1 tiled chart layout. Synchronize the x-axis limits by calling the `linkaxes` function.

```x1 = linspace(0,20,100); y1 = sin(x1); x2 = 3:17; y2 = rand(1,15); % Create plots. t = tiledlayout(2,1); ax1 = nexttile; plot(ax1,x1,y1) ax2 = nexttile; stem(ax2,x2,y2) % Link the axes. Add title and labels. linkaxes([ax1,ax2],'x');``` Create shared x- and y-axis labels by passing `t` to the `xlabel` and `ylabel` functions. Remove the x-axis tick labels from the top plot by calling the `xticklabels` function. Then minimize the space between the plots by setting the `TileSpacing` property of `t` to `'compact'`.

```xlabel(t,'Input') ylabel(t,'Output') xticklabels(ax1,{}) t.TileSpacing = 'compact';``` ## Input Arguments

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Target axes, specified as a vector of `Axes` objects. The `linkaxes` function supports 2-D Cartesian axes only.

You can link any number of `Axes` objects. For example, `linkaxes([ax1 ax2 ax3])` links `ax1`, `ax2`, and `ax3`. Separate calls to `linkaxes([ax1 ax2])` and `linkaxes([ax2 ax3])` cancels the link between `ax1` and `ax2`.

Limits to synchronize, specified as one of these values:

• `'xy'` — Synchronize both the x-axis and y-axis limits.

• `'x'` — Synchronize only the x-axis limits.

• `'y'` — Synchronize only the y-axis limits.

• `'off'` — Turn off synchronization.