Getting Started    

MATLAB Desktop

When you start MATLAB, the MATLAB desktop appears, containing tools (graphical user interfaces) for managing files, variables, and applications associated with MATLAB.

The first time MATLAB starts, the desktop appears as shown in the following illustration.

You can change the way your desktop looks by opening, closing, moving, and resizing the tools in it. Use the View menu to open or close the tools. You can also move tools outside the desktop or move them back into the desktop (docking). All the desktop tools provide common features such as context menus and keyboard shortcuts.

You can specify certain characteristics for the desktop tools by selecting Preferences from the File menu. For example, you can specify the font characteristics for Command Window text. For more information, click the Help button in the Preferences dialog box.

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