Startup MATLAB in last working folder

Directions for having MATLAB® start in the last working folder.
Updated 1 Sep 2016

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This submission provides directions on how to instruct MATLAB to begin in the final working directory from the previous session of MATLAB.
There are no m-files included with this submission, just directions on how to modify startup.m and finish.m
Note: This capability was introduced directly into MATLAB, so these directions are no longer as of R2014b. There is now a preference (Preferences -> MATLAB -> General) to specify the initial working folder as the last working folder from your previous MATLAB session.

Cite As

Michelle Hirsch (2024). Startup MATLAB in last working folder (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R13
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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Version Published Release Notes

Updated license

Added note that there's a preference to control this introduced in R2014b.

Removed mistaken attribution.

Updated copyright.