Print Figure from File Menu
To print a figure, use File > Print. For example, create a bar chart to print.
x = [3 5 2 6 1 8 2 3]; bar(x)
Click File > Print, select a printer, and click OK. The printer must be set up on your system. If you do not see a printer that is set up already, then restart MATLAB®.
To print the figure programmatically, use the
Preserve Background Color and Tick Values
Some details of the printed figure can look different from the figure on the display. By default, printed figures use a white figure background color. Also, if the printed figure size is different from the original figure size, then the axis limits and tick values can differ.
Preserve the figure background color by clicking File > Print Preview > Color tab. Select Same as figure for the background color. Select Color for the color scale.
Preserve the axis limits and tick value locations by clicking File > Print Preview > Advanced tab. Then, for the Axis limits and ticks option, select Keep screen limits and ticks.
To retain the color scheme programmatically, set the
property of the figure to
'off'. To keep the same axis limits and
tick marks, set the
ZTickMode properties for the axes to
Figure Size and Placement
To print a figure with specific dimensions, click File > Print Preview > Layout tab. Then, for the Placement option, select Use manual size and position. Specify the dimensions you want in the text boxes. Alternatively, use the sliders to the left and top of the figure preview to adjust the size and placement.
MATLAB changes the figure size in the print preview, but does not change the size of the actual figure.
To specify the printed figure size and placement programmatically, use the
property for the figure.
Line Width and Font Size
To change the line width, font size, and font name for the printed output, click
File > Print Preview
> Lines/Text tab. Specify a custom line width in the
appropriate text box, for example,
2 points. Select a font name
from the dropdown list of fonts and specify a custom font size. For example, use 20
point Garamond font.
MATLAB changes the line width and font in the print preview, but does not change the appearance of the actual figure.
To change the line width and font size programmatically, set properties of the graphics objects. For a list, see Graphics Object Properties.