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Find a figure number that is unused


Updated 08 Feb 2017

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Sometimes you need a fresh figure, but you want to control/save the figure number. This script retrieves the list of opened figure windows and finds n_requested unused figure numbers.
This code is written to be portable over OS (Windows/Mac/Unix) and platform (Matlab/Octave). It should work on just about any version.

Cite As

Rik (2022). getfignum(n_requested) (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2016b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
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