## How to display only one legend for a figure with multiple plots?

### Armel (view profile)

on 10 Jun 2013
Latest activity Answered by Raghu S

### Raghu S (view profile)

on 30 Aug 2018
Hello everyone,
I have two questions:
1) How can I display one unique legend for a figure with multiple plots?
2) Let assume 5,4,3, 2 and 1 as code for "very high", "High", "Moderate", "Low", and "Very Low" the values of my variable of interest. How can I display these characters strings instead of the value 5,4,3,2, and 1 in the legend?
Any thoughts for a code will be very much appreciated.
Armel

### Raghu S (view profile)

on 30 Aug 2018

Here is the answer: menation these line inside legend command 'orientation','horizontal'
example: legend('orientation','horizontal','name1','name2','name3')
some example:
____________Mutiple legend:_______________
t=0:0.001:1;
sig1=2*sin(2*pi*10*t);
sig2=2*cos(2*pi*10*t);
subplot 212;plot(sig1);hold on;plot(sig2);legend('sin','cos')
subplot 211;plot(sig1);hold on;plot(sig2);legend('sin','cos')
____________Single legend___________________
legend('Location','bestoutside','orientation','horizontal','sin','cos')
One can move anywhere from the figure editor.
Attached one more example.

### Angus (view profile)

on 10 Jun 2013

"legend('string1','string2',...) displays a legend in the current axes using the specified strings to label each set of data." ~ Matlab docs.
This is the simplest way of assigning strings to the legend. The docs show other uses.
When you say you have multiple plots, do you mean multiple axis or just multiple data plots within one axis? If you have multiple axis then you can create a unique legend that specifies what you want by using the second method from the docs:
"legend(h,'string1','string2',...) displays a legend on the plot containing the objects identified by the handles in the vector h and uses the specified strings to label the corresponding graphics object (line, barseries, etc.)."

Angus

### Angus (view profile)

on 12 Jun 2013
Here is a crude example that I think illustrates the method.
Basically you need to get the handles for whichever objects you want in your legend, this can by done multiple ways and what I used is definitely not the best, just easy this time; you may want to use findobj(...) to get the handles if need be. Then choose a location for your legend and pass it the object handles and assign the strings. It is also possible to tidy things up by preparing the strings in an array, there are options for these things in legend().
x = [1:100];
y1 = sin(x);
y2 = 2*sin(x./2);
y3 = [1:100];
y4 = [100:-1:1];
subplot(121)
plot(x,y1,'b',x,y2,'r')
a = get(gca,'Children')
subplot(122)
plot(x,y3,'g',x,y4,'k')
b = get(gca,'Children')
h = [b;a]
legend(h,'decreasing','increasing','sine2','sine1','location','eastoutside')
Armel

### Armel (view profile)

on 12 Jun 2013
In fact, here is a similar image that I would like to produce https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwjZP-sfazLMS3JTVVJUTkdzNEE/edit?usp=sharing 2 (or many) images with only one legend but the images are raster data.
Angus

### Angus (view profile)

on 12 Jun 2013
Yes, I saw that before, I'm not sure if raster data changes the method used. I'm not sure how raster data is dealt with in matlab, I dont use it. If you can get it to plot as in my example (convert it to a vector?) then this method should work for you.
Have I answered the original question about legends and multiple plots? Sorry I cant be much help with raster data use.
Cheers, Angus.

### Armel (view profile)

on 11 Jun 2013

Hi Angus,
Is there a way to upload a similar figure so you will be able to understand what I mean?
Armel
P.S I'm new to this community

Angus

### Angus (view profile)

on 11 Jun 2013
Hey, I am actually still new here as well. I am not sure if there is a standard method for linking images but I have seen some people upload via other websites like TinyPic.
Cheers, Angus.

### Camilo Malagon Nieto (view profile)

on 24 Apr 2018

I got a better solution that the one with b = get(gca,'Children')
From MatLab Documentation under Legend>Specify Charts to Include in Legend
x = linspace(0,3*pi); y1 = sin(x); p1 = plot(x,y1);
hold on y2 = sin(x - pi/4); p2 = plot(x,y2);
y3 = sin(x - pi/2); p3 = plot(x,y3); hold off
legend([p1 p3],'First','Third')