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How do I change the Matlab Desktop font preferences using commands?

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Yair Treister
Yair Treister on 10 Oct 2011
Commented: juhisteri on 17 Jun 2021
I want to be able to create a shortcut which changes my Matlab Desktop (layout, font sizes, etc..) so that I can have a "Presentor" version of Matlab when I am presenting in a conference room, or to others, and a "Working" version of Matlab Desktop for when I am working..

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Aurelien Queffurust
Aurelien Queffurust on 11 Oct 2011
To display MATLAB on a screen for a public , I run this function :
function largefonts(state)
% LARGEFONTS ON Turn on large fonts
% LARGEFONTS OFF Turn off large fonts
% LARGEFONTS Toggle large fonts
% LARGEFONTS FS Turn on large fonts, with font size FS.
% Get largefonts preferences
FS = getpref('LargeFonts');
if isempty(FS) % Create preferences if necessary
setpref('LargeFonts','State','Off');
end;
% Parse input arguments
if nargin==0 % Toggle state
state = lower(getpref('LargeFonts','State'));
switch state
case 'on'
state = 'off';
case 'off'
state = 'on';
end;
elseif ~isstr(state) % Specified font size. Turn on.
FontSize = state;
state = 'on'; % Turn on
else % Go to specified state
state= lower(state);
end;
if ~exist('FontSize','var')
FontSize = 16; % Default size for large fonts
end;
%%Toggle font sizes
switch state
case 'on'
% Big-
com.mathworks.services.FontPrefs.setCodeFont(java.awt.Font('Monospaced',java.awt.Font.BOLD,FontSize))
com.mathworks.services.FontPrefs.setTextFont(java.awt.Font('SansSerif',java.awt.Font.BOLD,FontSize))
setpref('LargeFonts','State','On');
case 'off'
% Small-
com.mathworks.services.FontPrefs.setCodeFont(java.awt.Font('Monospaced',java.awt.Font.PLAIN,10))
com.mathworks.services.FontPrefs.setTextFont(java.awt.Font('SansSerif',java.awt.Font.PLAIN,10))
setpref('LargeFonts','State','Off');
end;

Jan
Jan on 11 Oct 2011
Font:
F = java.awt.Font('Arial', java.awt.Font.PLAIN, 16);
matchClass = 'javax.swing.JTextArea$AccessibleJTextArea';
cmdWinDoc = com.mathworks.mde.cmdwin.CmdWinDocument.getInstance;
cmdWinListener = cmdWinDoc.getDocumentListeners;
for iL = 1:length(cmdWinListener)
if isa(cmdWinListener(iL), matchClass)
cmdWinListener(iL).setFont(F);
break;
end
end
Layout:
desktop = com.mathworks.mde.desk.MLDesktop.getInstance;
desktop.restoreLayout('Command Window Only');
pause(0.1); % This might take some time
You can save the layout under an individual name. Note that the restoreLayout function is case-sensitive.
I'm going to add this to FEX: CmdWinTool. This tool can be used to create a lean desktop also.

Harry MacDowel
Harry MacDowel on 11 Oct 2011
You know what, Yair, I bet you gonna love this extraordinary File Exchange function called
cprintf
Till today it still amazes me the length the author of that file went to achieve that.
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Jan
Jan on 11 Oct 2011
This will not help, because the OP wants to change the general appearence of all output.

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