Set Figure to Screen

Useful for defining default figure locations on multiple monitors
Updated 20 May 2009

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Like to use multiple monitors? Don't like Matlab default figure behavior for multiple monitors? This function allows one to define which monitor figures will be drawn on by default. It also allows one to set the default position based on monitor, or a previously drawn figure. This means you can even set the default position to fill an entire monitor!

Where 'a' is numeric, either a monitor number (1, 2, 3, 4) or a figure handle.
Where opt is a string, either 'mon' to use a monitor, or 'fig' to
use a figure handle. a should be either a monitor number (if using 'mon') or a figure handle (if using 'fig').

Cite As

Robert M. Flight (2024). Set Figure to Screen (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2008a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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Version Published Release Notes

Removed the use of a Java COM object specific to PC systems in order to make it more general, as well as the ability to set default based on the Matlab position.

Reorganized into two sections, decision making based on input and actual calculations to change figure position in order to make the function more readable by users. Functionality is unchanged.

As suggested, added an H1 line and corrected the logical conditions.