Is it possible to make MATLAB start up faster if I launch without the MATLAB Desktop?

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The MATLAB Desktop takes a long time to start up and this is slowing down MATLAB's launch time.
I am using a machine that satisfies the system requirements that you publish in your documentation.

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 24 Jan 2017
The final process in launching MATLAB is opening the MATLAB Desktop (or IDE). Decreasing the number of windows that open during the initialization of the IDE will speed up the launch time.
Try the following suggestions:
1. Do not have the help browser open during launch.
See the Related Solution listed at the bottom of the page for more information.
2. Decrease the number of files in the editor already open from the last session of MATLAB.
3. Choose only your favorite windows from the IDE.
4. Shut down MATLAB and restart.
5. It is possible to launch MATLAB with a -nodesktop flag. This will open the old desktop from MATLAB 5.3.1 (R11.1). It will not allow you to use the file browser, launch pad, and other IDE functionalities added since MATLAB 6.0 (R12).
To launch MATLAB using the "-nodesktop" flag, type the following command at the UNIX command prompt or in the Target Property of a Windows Shortcut (or DOS command line):
$MATLABROOT/matlab -nodesktop
(where $MATLABROOT is the full MATLAB root path)
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James Burnet
James Burnet on 7 Apr 2022
I came across a related issue recently where I had an overly large file in the editor that caused a Java heap space error on startup. It took me a while to figure out I could remove file paths from MATLABDesktop.xml so that I could actually open the desktop. Maybe a fix could be implemented that prevents files larger than the heap from attempting to load on startup?

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