Useful Figure Management Utilities

Simple utilities for managing the positioning of bunch of on-screen figure windows in MATLAB.
Updated 4 Dec 2019

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This package contains 3 trivial figure management utilities I can't live without:
SHOWMETHEFIGS Allow user to cycle between all figures by hitting any key
FIGSHIFT Cascades current figure window away from previous figure
FILLSCREEN Set a figure size to completely fill the screen. NOTE: There's a better version built into MATLAB since R2018a. Just set the WindowState property to 'maximized'

Cite As

Michelle Hirsch (2024). Useful Figure Management Utilities (, GitHub. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2019b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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Moved code to GitHub

Updated license

Updated to work with R2014b (should still work with previous versions, too). Also now available as a snazzy Toolbox file which is super-easy to install (requires R2014b).

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