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How to set legend marker size

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RuiQi
RuiQi on 16 Jul 2017
Commented: Walter Roberson on 21 Jun 2020
How do I change the marker size on the legend ? I can change the font size but not marker.
l = legend('Orientation', 'Horizontal', 'RNN (Ours)', 'SLIC', 'SEEDS', 'LSC', 'ERS', 'FH');
l.FontSize = 20;
%l.MarkerSize = 20; does not work
%l.markersize = 20; does not work
set(l,'Position', [0.4 0 0.2 0.2], 'Units', 'normalized');
%set(l,'MarkerSize', 20); does not work

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Carl Witthoft
Carl Witthoft on 11 Apr 2019
Best way: see Stackoverflow question 2871747
% thanks to , Luis Mendo and Lea
[~, objh] = legend({'one plot', 'another plot'}, 'location', 'NorthWest', 'Fontsize', 14);
%// set font size as desired
% note that even if you plot(x,y,'.') it's a "line" plot
objhl = findobj(objh, 'type', 'line'); %// objects of legend of type line
set(objhl, 'Markersize', 12); %// set marker size as desired
% or for Patch plots
objhl = findobj(objh, 'type', 'patch'); % objects of legend of type patch
set(objhl, 'Markersize', 12); % set marker size as desired
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 21 Jun 2020
Are you using legend() with at least two output arguments? If you only have one output for legend then legend works differently.

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Akira Agata
Akira Agata on 16 Jul 2017
How about changing the marker size of your plot? Here is an example.
plot(magic(4),'o','MarkerSize',10);
l = legend('a','b','c','d');

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Jul 2017
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 11 Jul 2018
Did you experiment with Kelly's legendflex() ?

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