exportgraphics: adding a margin

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dormant on 21 Jun 2021
Commented: Alexander Moody on 28 Aug 2023
Is it possible to add a margin to figures saved using the exportgraphics function?
It crops a tad too tightly for my needs.

Answers (2)

Paul Wintz
Paul Wintz on 15 Sep 2021
Edited: Paul Wintz on 18 Nov 2021
You can force exportgraphics to export the entire figure by drawing an white rectange around it with the command
annotation('rectangle',[0 0 1 1],'Color','w');
To adjust the margins, change the dimensions [0 0 1 1].
As noted by @David Walwark in the comments, the plot will not be interactive while it is annotated. To restore interactivity, delete the annotation after calling exportgraphics.
a = annotation('rectangle',[0 0 1 1],'Color','w');
% -> Save figure here <-
Bill Tubbs
Bill Tubbs on 23 Mar 2023
Edited: Bill Tubbs on 23 Mar 2023
This didn't work for me. Presumably when doing 2 subplots you need to apply this annotation to each subplot?
I tried adjusting the margins to [-0.05 -0.05 1.05 1.05] and it raises:
Error using annotation (line 116)
Position values must be between 0 and 1.
Alexander Moody
Alexander Moody on 28 Aug 2023
Had the same issue... this worked for me, but I had to change the color of the annotation rectangle to something other than white for it to work.

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Kiran Felix Robert
Kiran Felix Robert on 24 Jun 2021
Hi Dormant,
If you are trying to export multiple sub-images/plots onto a single figure, you can explore the tiledlayout to introduce spacing using the 'TileSpacing' Name-Value pair.
Paul Wintz
Paul Wintz on 15 Sep 2021
This doesn't answer the question. How do we adjust the margins on the outside of a figure saved with exportgraphics?
Bill Tubbs
Bill Tubbs on 23 Mar 2023
This worked for me. When I did my 2-plot figure using tiledlayout instead of subplots the outer margin was significantly wider.

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