Graphics Object Handles
What You Can Do with Handles
A handle refers to a specific instance of a graphics object. Use the object handle to set and query the values of the object properties.
When you create graphics objects, you can save the handle to the object in a variable. For example:
x = 1:10; y = x.^2; plot(x,y); h = text(5,25,'*(5,25)');
h refers to this particular
'*(5,25)', which is located at the
5,25. Use the handle
query and set the properties of this text object.
Set font size
h.FontSize = 12;
Get font size
ans = 12
Make a copy of the variable
h. The copy refers
to the same object. For example, the following statements create a
copy of the handle, but not the object:
hNew = h; hNew.FontAngle = 'italic'; h.FontAngle
ans = italic
What You Cannot Do with Handles
Handles variables are objects. Do not attempt to perform operations involving handles that convert the handles to a numeric, character, or any other type. For example, you cannot:
Perform arithmetic operations on handles.
Use handles directly in logical statements without converting to a logical value.
Rely on the numeric values of figure handles (integers) in logical statements.
Combine handles with data in numeric arrays.
Convert handles to character vectors or use handles in character vector operations.