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How to zoom in/out on the figures in app designer

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Zhangjun Yu
Zhangjun Yu on 28 Mar 2016
Answered: Adam Danz on 12 Dec 2019
I cannot find the method for adding an toolbar with function of zoom in/out in the app designer, if it is not been supported now?

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Chris Portal
Chris Portal on 10 Apr 2016
Unfortunately, App Designer does not offer support for adding a toolbar at this time.

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Mirek Janda
Mirek Janda on 16 Apr 2018
Edited: Mirek Janda on 18 Apr 2018

You can try this:

               pan(app.UIAxes,'on');
               zoom(app.UIAxes,'on');

Then create a button to get the zoom 'off' and reset the axis:

                 zoom(app.UIAxes,'off');
                 app.UIAxes.XLimMode = 'auto';
                 app.UIAxes.YLimMode = 'auto';

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craq
craq on 28 Jun 2018
good answer. I wonder why they support this but not
zoom(app.UIAxes, 'out')
?
T.A.S.
T.A.S. on 2 Jul 2018
Can you provide an example code in app designer with the callbacks?
craq
craq on 27 Jul 2018
Sure. In standard matlab I can do this:
figure
plot(1:10)
drawnow
zoom(gca,'on') %start zoom mode
keyboard
%click, zooms in
zoom(gca,'out') %zooms out
keyboard
%check that figure is zoomed out
zoom(gca,'off') %exit zoom mode
If I have an axes in appdesigner, I can do
zoom(app.UIAxes, 'on')
%now clicking/scrolling in the figure will zoom in
zoom(app.UIAxes, 'off')
but not
>> zoom(app.UIAxes, 'out')
Error using matlab.ui.control.UIAxes/togglemode
Unknown action character vector.

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Blanca Larraga
Blanca Larraga on 28 May 2018
Is there any option to just apply the zoom option to one of the two axis? Thank you very much in advance.
Best regards, Blanca

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Luciano Junior
Luciano Junior on 9 Jan 2018
Try to build your on zoom ;) Once your figure is ploted, add an edit field (here you should insert the specific area in your figure to where you want to zoom) after add a slider to control the zoom (the slider values should control your Xlim) add a callback to the slider in order to plot the figure again (use the same code you used to plot the figure but now use the edit field and the slider values to control your XLim) everytime you change the slider value your figure will be updated.
Good luck!

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 12 Dec 2019
Zoom methods for App Designer axes are different for various Matlab releases.

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