Create axes graphics object

`axes`

axes('* PropertyName*',propertyvalue,...)

axes(h)

h = axes(...)

For a list of properties, see Axes Properties.

`axes`

creates an axes graphics
object in the current figure using default property values. `axes`

is
the low-level function for creating axes graphics objects. MATLAB^{®} automatically
creates an axes, if one does not already exist, when you issue a command
that creates a graph.

`axes('`

creates
an axes object having the specified property values. For a description
of the properties, see Axes Properties. MATLAB uses
default values for any properties that you do not explicitly define
as arguments. The * PropertyName*',propertyvalue,...)

`axes`

function accepts property
name/property value pairs, structure arrays, and cell arrays as input
arguments (see the `set`

and `get`

commands for examples of how to specify
these data types). While the basic purpose of an axes object is to
provide a coordinate system for plotted data, axes properties provide
considerable control over the way MATLAB displays data. `axes(h)`

makes existing axes `h`

the
current axes and brings the figure containing it into focus. It also
makes `h`

the first axes listed in the figure's `Children`

property
and sets the figure's `CurrentAxes`

property to `h`

.
The current axes is the target for functions that draw image, line,
patch, rectangle, surface, and text graphics objects.

If you want to make an axes the current axes without changing
the state of the parent figure, set the `CurrentAxes`

property
of the figure containing the axes:

set(figure_handle,'CurrentAxes',axes_handle)

This command is useful if you want a figure to remain minimized or stacked below other figures, but want to specify the current axes.

`h = axes(...)`

returns the
handle of the created axes object.

Use the `set`

function to modify the properties
of an existing axes or the `get`

function to query
the current values of axes properties. Use the `gca`

command to obtain the handle of the
current axes.

The `axis`

(not `axes`

)
function provides simplified access to commonly used properties that
control the scaling and appearance of axes.

Set default axes properties on the figure and root levels:

set(groot,'DefaultAxesPropertyName',PropertyValue,...) set(gcf,'DefaultAxesPropertyName',PropertyValue,...)

`PropertyName`

`PropertyValue`

is
the value you are specifying. Use `set`

and `get`

to access axes properties.By default, MATLAB stretches the axes to fill the axes
position rectangle (the rectangle defined by the last two elements
in the `Position`

property). This results in graphs
that use the available space in the rectangle. However, some 3-D graphs
(such as a sphere) appear distorted because of this stretching, and
are better viewed with a specific three-dimensional aspect ratio.

Stretch-to-fill is active when the `DataAspectRatioMode`

, `PlotBoxAspectRatioMode`

,
and `CameraViewAngleMode`

are all auto (the default).
However, stretch-to-fill is turned off when the `DataAspectRatio`

, `PlotBoxAspectRatio`

,
or `CameraViewAngle`

is user-specified, or when
one or more of the corresponding modes is set to manual (which happens
automatically when you set the corresponding property value).

This picture shows the same sphere displayed both with and without the stretch-to-fill. The dotted lines show the axes rectangle.

When stretch-to-fill is disabled, MATLAB sets the size
of the axes to be as large as possible within the constraints imposed
by the `Position`

rectangle without introducing distortion.
In the picture above, the height of the rectangle constrains the axes
size.

To create a figure select **New** > **Figure** from the figure window **File** menu.
To add an axes to a figure, click one of the *New Subplots* icons
in the Figure Palette, and slide right to select an arrangement of
new axes. For details, see Customize Graph Using Plot Tools.

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