# how (in a program) to dock figures side by side

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Chris Barnhart on 24 Jan 2015
Edited: Andrey Revyakin on 21 Aug 2021
I want to dock figures (within a program) as shown in the image attached using a program. What handle properties do I need to set to achieve this?
The script below puts figures into 3 tabs such that only 1 is visible at a time. To get what I want, I grab figure 1 tab, move until a block box splits the figures. Then I adjust with pane width by grabbing the line separating the panes.
h=figure(1); plot(1,1); set(h,'WindowStyle','docked')
h=figure(2); plot(2,2); set(h,'WindowStyle','docked')
h=figure(3); plot(3,3); set(h,'WindowStyle','docked')
When I move the figure from the docked tabbed arrangement to the side by side arrangement there is only a change in the position property of the figure. When tabbed, the position is of the form [1 1 width height], and when side-by-side (on the left) it becomes [4 4 width/2 height] or if on right, [width/2 4 width height]. I've tried setting the position both with set and inspect but an error is generated.
Chris Barnhart on 31 Jan 2015
Mathworks states there is no way to do this with multiple figures as of 2014b.

Image Analyst on 31 Jan 2015
Set the 'OuterPosition' property of the figure:
h1 = figure;
plot(rand(1, 10));
% Make figure fit in upper left quadrant..
set(gcf, 'Units', 'Normalized', 'OuterPosition', [0, 0.5, 0.5, 0.5]);
h2 = figure;
plot(rand(1, 10));
% Make figure fit in upper right quadrant..
set(gcf, 'Units', 'Normalized', 'OuterPosition', [0.5, 0.5, 0.5, 0.5]);
h3 = figure;
plot(rand(1, 10));
% Make figure fit in lower left quadrant..
set(gcf, 'Units', 'Normalized', 'OuterPosition', [0, 0, 0.5, 0.5]);
h4 = figure;
plot(rand(1, 10));
% Make figure fit in lower left quadrant..
set(gcf, 'Units', 'Normalized', 'OuterPosition', [0.5, 0, 0.5, 0.5]);
Chris Barnhart on 20 Feb 2015
Was looking for a single figure with subplots that are docked so they can be manipulated as a single group.

Matt J on 2 Feb 2016
Edited: Matt J on 2 Feb 2016
If it will always be a 1x3 arrangement (or smaller), then you could first template one manually using the arrangement controls in the figure window
This results in, for example,
Thereafter, figures will always dock this way, even when done programmatically,
>> h=[figure(1), figure(2), figure(3)];
>> set(h, 'WindowStyle', 'Docked');
Andrey Revyakin on 21 Aug 2021
In ML 2021, this results in 1 figure window with 3 tabs.