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xlim

Set or query x-axis limits

Syntax

Description

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xlim(limits) specifies the x-axis limits for the current axes. Specify limits as a two-element vector of the form [xmin xmax], where xmax is a numeric value greater than xmin.

xlim auto lets the axes choose the x-axis limits. The axes chooses limits that span the range of the plotted data. This command sets the XLimMode property for the axes to 'auto'.

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xlim manual freezes the limits at the current values. Use this option if you want to retain the current limits when adding new data to the axes using the hold on command. This command sets the XLimMode property for the axes to 'manual'.

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xl = xlim returns a two-element vector containing the current limits.

m = xlim('mode') returns the current value of the limits mode, which is either 'auto' or 'manual'. By default, the mode is automatic unless you specify limits or set the mode to manual.

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___ = xlim(ax,___) uses the axes specified by ax instead of the current axes. Specify an axes with any of the input or output arguments in previous syntaxes. Use single quotes around input arguments that are character strings, for example, xlim(ax,'auto') and xlim(ax,'manual').

Examples

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Set x-Axis Limits

Plot a line and set the x-axis limits to range from 0 to 5.

x = linspace(0,10);
y = sin(x);
plot(x,y)
xlim([0 5])

Set x-Axis Limits for Specific Axes

Create a figure with two subplots and plot the same data in each subplot. Set the x-axis limits for the bottom subplot.

x = linspace(0,5,1000);
y = sin(100*x)./exp(x);
ax1 = subplot(2,1,1);
plot(x,y)

ax2 = subplot(2,1,2);
plot(x,y)
xlim(ax2,[0 1])

Maintain Current x-Axis Limits

Use manual mode to maintain the current x-axis limits when you add more plots to the axes.

First, plot a line.

x = linspace(0,10);
y = sin(x);
plot(x,y);

Set the x-axis limits mode to manual so that the limits do not change. Use hold on to add a second plot to the axes.

xlim manual
hold on
plot(2*x,2*y)
hold off

The x-axis limits do not update to incorporate the new plot.

Switch back to automatically updated limits by resetting the mode to automatic.

xlim auto

Return x-Axis Limits

Create a scatter plot of random data. Return the values of the x-axis limits.

x = randn(50,1);
y = randn(50,1);
scatter(x,y)

xl = xlim
xl =

    -3     4

Input Arguments

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limits — Minimum and maximum limitstwo-element vector

Minimum and maximum limits, specified as a two-element vector of the form [xmin xmax]. Specifying the x-axis limits sets the x-axis limits mode to manual. The XLim and XLimMode properties for the corresponding axes store the x-axis limits and the limits mode, respectively.

Changing the x-axis limits can cause other limits to change, unless their corresponding mode properties are set to manual.

Example: [0 1]

Data Types: single | double | int8 | int16 | int32 | int64 | uint8 | uint16 | uint32 | uint64

ax — Axes objectaxes object

Axes object. If you do not specify an axes, then xlim sets the limits for the current axes (gca).

Output Arguments

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xl — Current limitstwo-element vector

Current limits, returned as a two-element vector of the form [xmin xmax].

Querying the limits returns the XLim property value for the corresponding axes.

m — Current limits mode'auto' | 'manual'

Current limits mode, returned as one of these values:

  • 'auto' — The limits automatically update to reflect changes in the data.

  • 'manual' — The limits do not update to reflect changes in the data.

Querying the x-axis limits mode returns XLimMode property value for the corresponding axes.

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Introduced before R2006a

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