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Basic program files

Scripts are the simplest type of program file. They are useful for automating a series of MATLAB® commands, such as computations that you have to perform repeatedly from the command line or series of commands you have to reference.


editEdit or create file
inputRequest user input
publishGenerate view of MATLAB file in specified format
grabcodeExtract MATLAB code from file published to HTML
snapnowTake snapshot of image for inclusion in published document


Basic Programs

Create Scripts

Create a script in a new file or from commands in the Command History.

Add Comments to Code

Add comments to describe your code and allow others to understand it.

Find and Replace Text in Files and Go to Location

Find and replace text in the current file or multiple files, automatically rename variables or functions, and go to a location in a file.

Edit and Format Code

Use column selection, code autocompletions, refactoring, indentation, and code folding to edit your code and make it code easier to read.

Create and Run Sections in Code

Divide MATLAB code files into sections and run all sections or run each section individually.

Save and Back Up Code

Save and automatically create backup copies of files in the Editor and Live Editor.

Adding Inputs and Output

Scripts vs. Functions

Code files can be scripts that simply execute a series of MATLAB statements, or they can be functions that also accept input arguments and produce output.

Add Functions to Scripts

Add functions to scripts to reuse code within a script and avoid creating and managing separate function files.

Sharing Code

Publish and Share MATLAB Code

MATLAB provides options for presenting your code to others, including using publishing and creating live scripts and functions in the Live Editor.

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