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How to remove whitespace around subplot figures?

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Joren Heit
Joren Heit on 29 Jun 2011
Edited: Pankaj on 8 Oct 2018
I'm writing a report in LaTeX in which I need to include some MATLAB figures. One of them is a subplot consisting of 16 plots which I ordered (manually, using subplot('Position',...)) in a 6x3 matrix (leaving 2 blancs ofcourse). However, when I export the figure as a png file, there's loads of whitespace on both sides of my figure. I have fumbled around with the PaperPosition parameter but this didn't help me at all. Does anyone know how to crop the 'paper' tightly around my figure?
PS. the method explained on doesn't seem to work on a subplot figure as a whole...


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Jan on 29 Jun 2011
Edited: Jan on 20 Aug 2017
I'd expect that PDF or EPS are a better format for embedding graphics in a LaTeX report.
Instead of cropping the PNG, you can increase the space for the subplots:
FigH = figure('DefaultAxesPosition', [0.1, 0.1, 0.8, 0.8]);
[EDITED] The property is called 'DefaultAxesPosition', not 'DefaultAxesPosition*s*'.


Nicholas Richmond
Nicholas Richmond on 18 Aug 2017
In R2017a,
FigH = figure('DefaultAxesPositions', [0.1, 0.1, 0.8, 0.8]);
Error using figure
There is no Positions property on the Axes class.
Jan on 20 Aug 2017
@Nicholas: This was a typo. See [EDITED].

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Pankaj on 8 Oct 2018
Edited: Pankaj on 8 Oct 2018
The reason is, it requires 'ActivePositionProperty' property of axes set to 'outerposition'. By default, subplots have an ActivePositionProperty set to 'position'.


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