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How to set a folder as Current folder for every startup of Matlab?

Asked by Makrim
on 28 Mar 2014
Latest activity Answered by Andrej Trost on 30 Aug 2019
I would like to set the folder /Users/ALJI/MATLAB as a default current folder for Matlab. I mean on every start up Matlab should point to this folder. is it possible ? is there a way on Mac OS X ?
I am using Matlab r2009b on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
thank you in advance

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Answer by Wayne King
on 28 Mar 2014
Edited by Wayne King
on 28 Mar 2014
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On MAC OS try changing the file of userpath(), which I think defaults to your Documents directory, you can confirm this by entering
>>userpath
at the command line.
>>userpath('/Users/ALJI/MATLAB');
should persist across MATLAB sessions.
Or read this:

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Answer by Amar Neçaibia on 19 Feb 2018

To fix this problem, right click your Matlab icon, select Properties->shortcut, in "start in", delete the default folder and put the directory that you want its work.

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Answer by Bora Eryilmaz on 12 Nov 2015

Starting in R2014b there is a MATLAB preference for doing this. Open the Preferences dialog from the Home tab in MATLAB and select MATLAB/General preferences tree node on the left side of the dialog. The General preference panel has an option to select the "Initial working folder".

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Answer by sajjad hosseinifard on 15 Feb 2018

I'm using Matlab 2017b on windows 10. its startup folder is C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2017b\bin. I want to change it but I have not succeeded yet!!! I tried it with using preference settings and userpath() command but this folder is not changed!!! Please someone help me!

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Modifying the "Initial working folder" preference in the General category of the preferences for MATLAB and applying that change didn't cause MATLAB to start in that directory the next time you restarted?
I have a similar problem, though I end up in the system32 folder when running matlab from the start menu. The "initial working folder" doesn't seem to change the current working directory on start up. The shortcut option suggested by Amar works.
I think that there might be a bug because even on my PC modifying the "Initial working folder" preference in the General category of the preferences for MATLAB and applying that change didn't cause MATLAB to start in that directory. I did what Amar suggested and it work instead. I am using MATLAB R2018a on Windows 10

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Answer by Yuliano Moscoso Yarin on 10 Apr 2019

I have the same issues even trying differents methos like "Initial working folder" preference in the General or the start in option on propertie with outh any luck...

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Answer by Andrej Trost on 30 Aug 2019

I'm using 2019a and Amar Neçaibia provided THE solution:
"To fix this problem, right click your Matlab icon, select Properties->shortcut, in "start in", delete the default folder and put the directory that you want its work."

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