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Set default documentation location programmatically in R2021A

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Marco Riani
Marco Riani on 1 Apr 2021
Answered: Aldo Corbellini on 4 Jun 2021 at 11:56
Starting in R2021a, when you run MATLAB with an internet connection, the Help browser displays the web documentation by default. When you run MATLAB on a system without an internet connection, or if your internet connection becomes unavailable, the Help browser displays the installed documentation instead.
To change the default documentation location, on the Home tab, in the Environment section, click Preferences. Select MATLAB > Help and change the Documentation Location.
I would like to know what is the code to change the documentation location programmatically.
I thought it was something like
com.mathworks.mlservices.MLHelpServices.setDocCenterDomain
but I could not find it
Thank you in advance
Marco

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Anmol Dhiman
Anmol Dhiman on 7 Apr 2021
Hi Marco,
This is controlled by the matlab.help.DocCenterLocation setting. The valid values are "WEB" or "INSTALLED":
>> s = settings;
>> s.matlab.help.DocCenterLocation.PersonalValue = 'WEB';
Please note that this not a documented functionality and might not work in future releases.
Hope it Helps
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Gian23
Gian23 on 21 Apr 2021
This is just to confirm that the instruction:
s.matlab.help.DocCenterLocation21a.PersonalValue='INSTALLED'
or
s.matlab.help.DocCenterLocation21a.TemporaryValue ='INSTALLED'
does not take effect immediately. I'm using Matlab 2021a on a Mac OSX.
Thanks in advance

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Aldo Corbellini
Aldo Corbellini on 4 Jun 2021 at 11:56
I confirm that for some unknow reason, the following property:
s.matlab.help.DocCenterLocation21a.PersonalValue='INSTALLED'
or
s.matlab.help.DocCenterLocation21a.TemporaryValue ='INSTALLED'
works only if you restart MATLAB. It would be nice if this was not necessary.
It also would be nice if this instant effect could become a feature request in a future MATLAB release.

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