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Visual Exploration

Pan, zoom, and rotate graphics; modify and save observations

Interactively explore and edit plotted data to improve the visual display or reveal additional information about the data. For example, you can adjust the view of plotted data by panning, zooming, or rotating the axes. Also, you can modify the data points using data brushing or edit the appearance of plots using the Property Inspector.


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panPan view of graph interactively
zoomTurn zooming on or off or magnify by factor
rotate3dRotate 3-D view using mouse
rotateRotate object about specified origin and direction
datacursormodeEnable, disable, and manage interactive data cursor mode
brushInteractively mark, delete, modify, and save observations in graphs
linkdataAutomatically update graphs when variables change
linkaxesSynchronize limits of specified 2-D axes
linkpropKeep same value for corresponding properties of graphics objects
refreshdataRefresh data in graph when data source is specified
ginputGraphical input from mouse or cursor
Property InspectorOpen property inspector
figurepaletteShow or hide Figure Palette
plotbrowserShow or hide figure Plot Browser
ploteditInteractively edit and annotate plots
plottoolsShow or hide plot tools
propertyeditorShow or hide Property Editor
propeditOpen Property Editor
showplottoolShow or hide figure plot tool
axtoolbarCreate axes toolbar
axtoolbarbtnAdd buttons to axes toolbar
enableDefaultInteractivityEnable default axes interactions
disableDefaultInteractivityDisable default axes interactions
addToolbarExplorationButtonsAdd data exploration buttons to figure toolbar
removeToolbarExplorationButtonsRemove data exploration buttons from figure toolbar


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AxesToolbar PropertiesAxes toolbar appearance and behavior
ToolbarStateButton PropertiesAxes toolbar state button appearance and behavior
ToolbarPushButton PropertiesAxes toolbar push button appearance and behavior


Types of MATLAB Plots

There are various functions that you can use to plot data.

Interactively Explore Plotted Data

Explore data using interactions such as zoom, pan, rotate, data tips, or data brushing.

Create Custom Data Tips

Customize the information that appears in data tips.

Automatically Refresh Plot After Changing Data

Use data linking or set data source properties to link plots to the workspace variables that they represent.

Control Axes Interactions

Enable, disable, or customize the axes interactions and toolbar.