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How can i save my matlab shortcuts?

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how can i save my Matlab shortcuts for use with another Matlab.


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Jan on 22 Jul 2012
Should this mean something like: "Please do not suggest me to use copy&paste, because this does not satisfy my needs for the following reasons: XYZ"?
Azzi Abdelmalek
Azzi Abdelmalek on 22 Jul 2012
Exactly M Simon. just to avoid wasting your time

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 22 Jul 2012
Edited: Image Analyst on 16 Sep 2012
R2012a and earlier instructions: Type prefdir on the command line. Go to the folder it gives. Then copy the file shortcuts.xml from the prefsdir of the source computer to the prefsdir folder of the target computer.
Apparently the new shortcuts XML file MUST be called shortcuts_2.xml.
  1. Type prefsdir on the command line, then in Windows Explorer (or similar for your other operating system), go to that folder.
  2. Copy your shortcuts.xml file from your old MATLAB version "prefsdir" folder to the new "prefsdir" folder.
  3. Rename the existing, new shortcuts_2.xml to shortcuts_2_original.xml.
  4. Rename your shortcuts.xml shortcuts_2.xml.
  5. Restart MATLAB R2012b and all your old short cuts will be there.


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Star Strider
Star Strider on 23 Jul 2012
I wonder if the same idea would work between versions? If possible, saving the current one before the install and copying it the appropriate new directory afterwards would be nice. Of course it would even be better if each new MATLAB install mapped the previous set to the new version, as the Editor tabs did with 2012a. That was nice.
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 23 Jul 2012
I have done it between versions and it works. I copied R2012a shortcuts from my work computer to my R2011b version on my home computer.

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Daniel Shub
Daniel Shub on 23 Jul 2012
All my shortcuts are 1 (sometimes 2) lines which point at script m files. These m files reside in a single directory which is on my MATLAB path. I can then play around with copying the shortcut information from prefdir, or just recreate them as I go.


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