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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. For more information, see Interactively Explore Plotted Data.


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Property InspectorOpen property inspector
ploteditInteractively edit and annotate plots
plottoolsShow or hide plot tools
showplottoolShow or hide figure plot tool
figurepaletteShow or hide Figure Palette
plotbrowserShow or hide figure Plot Browser
propertyeditorShow or hide Property Editor
propeditOpen Property Editor

Customize Data Tips

datatipCreate data tip
dataTipTextRowAdd row to data tips

Customize Toolbar Buttons

axtoolbarCreate axes toolbar
axtoolbarbtnAdd buttons to axes toolbar
addToolbarExplorationButtonsAdd data exploration buttons to figure toolbar
removeToolbarExplorationButtonsRemove data exploration buttons from figure toolbar
panInteractionPan interaction
rulerPanInteractionRuler-pan interaction
zoomInteractionZoom interaction
regionZoomInteractionRegion-zoom interaction
rotateInteractionRotate interaction
dataTipInteractionData tip interaction
editInteractionEdit text interaction
enableDefaultInteractivityEnable built-in axes interactions
disableDefaultInteractivityDisable built-in axes interactions
panPan view of graph interactively
zoomEnable zoom mode
rotate3dRotate 3-D view using mouse
datacursormodeEnable data cursor mode
brushInteractively mark data values in a chart
enableLegacyExplorationModesControl behavior of modes in UI figures
linkdataAutomatically update charted data
linkaxesSynchronize limits of multiple axes
linkpropKeep same value for corresponding properties of graphics objects
refreshdataRefresh charted data


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DataTipTemplate PropertiesData tip content and appearance
AxesToolbar PropertiesAxes toolbar appearance and behavior
ToolbarStateButton PropertiesAxes toolbar state button appearance and behavior
ToolbarPushButton PropertiesAxes toolbar push button appearance and behavior
ToolbarDropdown PropertiesModify drop-down menus in axes toolbar

Live Editor Tasks

Create PlotInteractively create and explore visualizations in the Live Editor


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

Change data tip labels and values or display new rows.

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 Chart Interactivity

Customize the axes toolbar or interactions that are built into the axes, such as dragging to pan or scrolling to zoom.