figs2tabs - move figures into a single tabbed gui

Use MATLAB's native tab functionality to move multiple figures or GUI's into one window


Updated 18 Dec 2013

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--Creates a tabbed window with an existing figure moved into each tab.
--No tab workarounds necessary - MATLAB's built-in but undocumented tab
features are used for smooth graphics handling and a clean interface.

Input parameters:
figHandles: an array of handles to currently valid, visible figures.
These figures can be GUIDE based.

Output parameters:
(optional): The handle to the tabbed figure is output if desired.

f1 = figure('Name','Sin Wave');
f2 = figure('Name','Random Points');
f3 = msgbox('A message box');
tabbedFig = figs2tabs([f1,f2,f3])

This code heavily relies on undocumented Matlab functionality.
It has only been tested on Matlab 2012a. Use at your own risk.

Known limitations:
--uimenu's are not preserved
--figure-wide callback functions are not preserved, i.e. KeyPressFcn,
--resizing is not proportional (this will be fixed in a future release)

Known issues:
*Not compatible with pre r2010b versions of Matlab, though it could be with
some slight modifications to this function. Compatibility fixes
are welcome from those with older versions.

Cite As

Chad Smith (2023). figs2tabs - move figures into a single tabbed gui (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2012a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
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