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I am working on an app in AppDesigner. One of the features requires the ability to import a large table (CSV or XLSX) with an unknown size (~50-60 columns). The app starts with an empty table and the user selects one to view.
When the user imports the table, a vertical scrollbar is automatically generated and the user can scroll down all the rows. However, the horizontal scrollbar is not generated even though the table extends off the panel significantly. See attached image.
If I specify a size for the initial empty table then a horizontal scroll bar will appear, but it will not adjust to the correct size once the user imports a new table. Since the user table size is unknown, this will not work.
I only see this problem in the AppDesigner. Generate a UIFigure and UITable using the MATLAB command line, a scroll appears and adjusts to size without issue. However, this functionality is part of a larger app, and I would prefer to work inside the AppDesigner.
Staffan Neth
Staffan Neth on 5 Dec 2022
Moved: Adam Danz on 6 Dec 2022
Still no official answer from Mathworks on this, or is there a bug report?
Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 7 Dec 2022
Edited: Adam Danz on 7 Dec 2022
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Accepted Answer

Alexandre on 17 Mar 2023
Edited: Alexandre on 17 Mar 2023
Thanks for reporting this bug!
Starting in MATLAB R2023a, AppDesigner does not experience this issue.
As an example under startupFcn in AppDesigner:
function startupFcn(app)
T = readtable("patients.xls");
app.UITable.Data = T;
You will now see that MATLAB properly includes a horizontal bar.
For earlier versions of MATLAB, please look at the clever workarounds below provided by our MATLAB Community.

More Answers (3)

Arash Moshkforoush
Arash Moshkforoush on 28 Sep 2022
I had the same problem, but only when I tried using the app as a webapp.
What worked for me was that if I increase the number of columns to a large number in the ColumnName section of the UITable (in my case 20 columns; which is larger than the number of columns of the actual table), once a new table is loaded, the scrollbar is automatically generated.
Another possible workaround is to increase the ColumnWidth such that the initial table is wider than the alloted space.
Hope this helps
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Staffan Neth
Staffan Neth on 5 Dec 2022
I tried you suggested workaround with ColumnWidth, and it made the scrollbar appear, but scrollbar is still not updated when the table is updated, so the scrollbar is still limited to the initial width, which is not enough.

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Josh Kahn
Josh Kahn on 13 Feb 2023
This is a known issue in R2022b. The suggested workaround for now is to reset the row names after adding data to your table:
% Add data to your table
app.UITable.Data = myData;
% Redraw the table and toggle the row names to numbered then back to blank.
app.UITable.RowName = 'numbered';
app.UITable.RowName = '';

Mathijs Werkman
Mathijs Werkman on 13 Feb 2023
Hello, I had the same issue.
Affter a lot of trying got it to work by:
  • Create startupFcn
  • Creating a larger table at startupFcn: only changing columnnames is suficient.
tmp(1:1000) = {''};
app.UITable.ColumnName = tmp;
  • Before putting the actual data in the table, empty it first, and set RowName:
app.UITable.Data = [];
app.UITable.ColumnName = [];
app.UITable.RowName = ' '; % it has to be a character, cannot be empty ''
  • then update the table
app.UITable.Data = <your table data>;
app.UITable.ColumnName = <your columnnames>;


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