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Daniel Shub
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Desktop layout

Asked by Daniel Shub
on 29 Jun 2011
What is your MATLAB desktop layout like? I have always kept everything but the command window undocked.
Recently, I got a bigger monitor and have been trying GNOME 3 (where there is no minimize button). It made me realize that maybe I would benefit from docking my figures.

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Matt Fig
Answer by Matt Fig
on 29 Jun 2011
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O.k., I will take the counter-point to Sean de's response: Ewwww dockage!
I use only the command window and command history, and the command history is usually just a narrow slit that I can make larger if I need to do so. All figures and the editor are separate windows. I never use the Workspace (that's what WHOS is for), or the Current Directory (I've got WHATS for that) or any of the other little gizmos they have added on.
See these related blog posts:

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Jan
on 29 Jun 2011
@Sean: Ok. Is "Ew(w) undockage" a positive expression of opinion like "everything undocked" or a negative one as "phew undockage"?
Matt Fig
on 29 Jun 2011
@Jan, Eww is something one might say if he noticed mold on his food, or found a worm in his apple. An expression which indicates that something is revolting, like: yuck!.
Daniel Shub
on 11 Jul 2011
I have now tried dockage and I concur with Matt, ewwwww dockage. You also get points for pointing out the blog posts. Not sure how I missed that.

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Jan
Answer by Jan
on 29 Jun 2011

When I run Matlab on a netbook with a tiny screen, I remove the statusbar and menubar of the docked command window. The editor is maximized also and all other windows are created on demand only, which is very rare: I access the current directory popup programmatically, Matt Fig's WHATS helps also, the history by the arrow keys, the workspace browser is retired, because all variables are stored in the GUIs or on the disk.
Well, I admit it does not look cool, especially with the classic scheme in Windows XP:

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Matt Fig
on 29 Jun 2011
Jan, that's a nice,fun desktop background! ;-)
Jan
on 29 Jun 2011
@Matt: The screencapture tool took the both windows separately and I had to join them manually and filled the "background" manually.
Now the ">> " prompt is the most critical part. Fortunately Yair's setPrompt can change it to ">".
And finally imagine, how strange such habits look on a workplace with two 20'' monitors.
Daniel Shub
on 11 Jul 2011
I am surprised you just don't run it form the command line or maybe from emacs.

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Sean de Wolski
Answer by Sean de Wolski
on 29 Jun 2011

Ewww undockage.
I keep the current directory/workspace tabbed together, the command window is always showing and the editor is always showing but has the variable editor on a tab in the rare event that I inspect variables that way. I hate clutter and can't cope with stuff everywhere (it's especially difficult on a mac where windows tend to hide in strange places with no way to access them).
Good thread idea too; it'll be interesting to see the responses!

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