How do I change the order of objects in the App Designer component browser?

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How do I change the order of objects in the App designer component browser? Is it possible to reorder items in the same container?

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 2 Jul 2021
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 2 Jul 2021
The component browser will update when items are moved inside others. If you drag a "UIAxes" object into a tab, it should appear under that tab in the component browser.
You can also select another tab by clicking on it in the design view. 
Prior to MATLAB R2020b, there was no way to reorder objects in the component browser itself. The objects in the component browser are ordered based on the sequence in which they were added to the containing object.
Starting in MATLAB R2020b, you can reorder the objects in the component browser using the "Reorder" tool.
Mario Malic
Mario Malic on 9 Sep 2020
For me, it's useful, because when you're entering a field value, clicking tab will move the selection to the next field value in the component browser. So, kinda makes sense to reorder.

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Leonardo von Lerchenfeld
Leonardo von Lerchenfeld on 21 Jun 2018
You can cut (CTRL + X) the objects and include them (CTRL+ V), then the objects will inserted at the end in the component list while maintaining their positions. Do this process in the order you like your objects. (I use MATLAB R2017a.)
Robert on 2 Oct 2020
This works wonders, thank you! Keep in mind that when using panels or other containers, you have to select the panel/container before pasting, otherwise the parenting and positioning is incorrect.

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CallumP on 13 Jun 2019
I've made an app that can do that. Might be a bit late for you but hopefully useful to others. It's here:

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 28 Nov 2020
For Matlab r2020b and later, the stack order of UI components can be changed using the reorder tool (see release notes).
For earlier releases, see CallumP's function on the file exchange.


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