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How do I convert fprintf statements (from *.m) to live editor if I am interested in maintaining tab alignment and line feeds and line breaks? For example, the below line of code looks ok in *.m, but doesn't look too helpful when outputted to pdf because of the alternating lines of code and output.
company='Acme'; year=2015; volume=14.56; cost=1564;
fprintf('%s Report\n\n',company)
fprintf('Year\tVolume\tCost\n')
fprintf('%4.0f\t%0.2f\t%0.2f\n',year,volume,cost)
command window output:
Acme Report
Year Volume Cost
2015 14.56 1564.00|
Live editor to pdf looks like:
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Christopher Coello
Christopher Coello on 7 Feb 2018
Yes something I wondered as well.

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Christopher Coello
Christopher Coello on 7 Feb 2018
Or just simply one fprintf
company='Acme'; year=2015; volume=14.56; cost=1564;
fprintf(['%s Report\n\n',...
'Year\tVolume\tCost\n',...
'%4.0f\t%0.2f\t%0.2f\n'],...
company,year,volume,cost);

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Christopher Coello
Christopher Coello on 7 Feb 2018
Possible solution : write everything in a string using sprintf and then use disp to display it when the string is finished formatted.
ct=sprintf('%s\n| Out of bag sample -- only non night timepoints\n| mae %0.0f MWh/h\n%s\n',repmat('-',35),mae,repmat('-',35));
disp(ct)
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Christopher Coello
Christopher Coello on 7 Feb 2018
Applied to your example
company='Acme'; year=2015; volume=14.56; cost=1564;
fstr = sprintf(['%s Report\n\n',...
'Year\tVolume\tCost\n',...
'%4.0f\t%0.2f\t%0.2f\n'],...
company,year,volume,cost);
disp(fstr)

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K.
K. on 10 Nov 2020
I know this is an old thread, but in case others come across this, I'd like to provide a workaround in addition to the two solutions provided by Christopher.
If it is possible, putting your print code into a local function would result in the texual output appearing together. E.g.
company='Acme'; year=2015; volume=14.56; cost=1564;
showReport(company, year, volume, cost);
function showReport(company, year, volume, cost)
fprintf('%s Report\n\n',company)
fprintf('Year\tVolume\tCost\n')
fprintf('%4.0f\t%0.2f\t%0.2f\n',year,volume,cost)
end
Example showing local function
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greengrass62
greengrass62 on 10 Nov 2020
Thank you for the alternatives. gg62

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K.
K. on 10 Nov 2020
Another solution might be to wrap the code in an if statement, as that would cause the output to be grouped. It doesn't look very nice, but if you have some other reason to put your code in an if statement, there might be times where this could be a workaround.
company='Acme'; year=2015; volume=14.56; cost=1564;
showReport = true;
if showReport
fprintf('%s Report\n\n',company)
fprintf('Year\tVolume\tCost\n')
fprintf('%4.0f\t%0.2f\t%0.2f\n',year,volume,cost)
end
Example showing if statement
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greengrass62
greengrass62 on 10 Nov 2020
Thank you for the alternatives. gg62

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