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problem with waitbar cancel button

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Jim O'Doherty
Jim O'Doherty on 5 Oct 2012
Commented: Ali Yar Khan on 31 Jan 2020
I'm encountering a little problem with a cancel button on a waitbar. I can get the Matlab example in the help file to work perfectly, although for some reason when I try it in my code, it does not seem to acknowledge the callback for the cancel button. Heres what I have:
hWaitBar = waitbar(0, '',...
for i=3:size(filelist,1)
%do stuff here
% Check for Cancel button press
ch = getappdata(hWaitBar, 'Canceling')
if getappdata(hWaitBar,'Canceling') ==1
The check command 'getappdata(hWaitBar,'Canceling')' inside the loop never returns the value of 1, which it should do from the callback defined in hWaitBar.
The only difference I can think of between the matlab example and my code is that all my above code is located in a set if-else loops (4 deep). Would this be responsible?

Answers (2)

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 5 Oct 2012
Try adding a drawnow() call inside the loop, so that the callback of canceling the waitbar will have a chance to run.
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Jim O'Doherty
Jim O'Doherty on 9 Oct 2012
Thanks for the answer - no luck with the drawnow() command unfortunately. I think the issue is that when I actually press the cancel button, it doesn't change the "Canceling" variable to 1, and hence the callback doesn't run.

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Alexander Kosenkov
Alexander Kosenkov on 30 May 2016
The currently running function must be started from a button/menu, where Interruptible is set to 'on'. Otherwise, currently running calculation (the one that opened the progress bar) can not be interrupted even to set 'Canceling' to 1.
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Ali Yar Khan
Ali Yar Khan on 31 Jan 2020
can you share the code how can we set it on from the callee function ?

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