Changing Window Titles

Provides the ability to change the titles of all windows in the MATLAB process
Updated 1 Sep 2016

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If you're using more than one instance of MATLAB at a time, it's useful to be able to tell them apart at a glance. This utility lets you rename the MATLAB window so that it can be distinguished from other instances in the task bar, and when tabbing between windows.
Two functions are included:

>> [hWnd,title] = findAllWindows
returns the names and handles of all windows in the MATLAB process.

>> setWindowTitle(hWnd,title)
allows you to set the title of any window in the MATLAB process.

An example script is included, as are help files and full source code.

You will need to build the MEX functions yourself. If you haven't run "mex" before, use:
>> mex -setup
and follow the instructions for selecting a compiler.

Then run:
>> mex findAllWindows.cpp
>> mex setWindowTitle.cpp
This works with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, and probably with other versions too. If you encounter linking problems, try adding "user32.lib" to the end of the command.

Cite As

Malcolm Wood (2024). Changing Window Titles (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2006a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

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Version Published Release Notes

Updated license

Removed mexw32 files.

Added copyright lines. Removed binaries to comply with conditions of the site. Added compilation instructions.


Removed the function which changes the window icon, which is in violation of the licence agreement for MATLAB 7 and later.