Table Field Selector

GUI utility to enable your users to assign fields from their data tables to important fields in your application.
Updated 10 Sep 2021

MATLAB Table Field Selector

A configurable UI enabling your users to select which fields in a table are relevant to your application. For the purposes of this documentation, the fields your application needs are called "metanames". Fields your users provide are just called "fields".


Call select(config, t) on the user table t and a config struct. A modal uifigure will be created waiting for the user to finish selections. The return value will be a containers.Map object whose keys are your metanames and whose values are the user's fields. If the user clicks "Cancel" or closes the uifigure without clicking "Done" an empty array will be returned.


To configure, create a config struct with the following fields.

  • metanames - A list of names suitable for display. The user will select fields to match these.
  • default_selection - The default selection value for metanames. Must be a scalar string.

User Guide

For each field on the left table, please use the table drop-downs to select columns from the table preview on the right. Double click in the left-hand table cells to change them. To exit early, click "Cancel" or close the window. To finish click "Done". The "Done" button will only highlight once all cells have been filled.

Cite As

William Warriner (2024). Table Field Selector (, GitHub. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2021a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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