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uigetfile DialogTitle does not show in file browser

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Gary Jahns
Gary Jahns on 26 Oct 2015
Answered: Simon Wanninger on 19 Dec 2019
I am running on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan--the newest)and just upgraded to R2015b. I have old code that makes uigetfile calls, and it ran OK previously. Now the file browser comes up without the DialogTitle displayed--see screenshot of example using the exact call from the uigetfile documentation. I suspect there is a preference setting somewhere that needs to be reset, but I cannot find any such reference, or any other report of this problem. Any advice on solving this problem is appreciated.

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Gary Jahns
Gary Jahns on 4 Nov 2015
It seems like this is a change Apple made with v10.11. Browsing for files in Pages, Numbers, etc--no title. I have posted a question on the Apple Community support site to see if anyone knows how this can be reset. Emil: I read your link but am not brave enough to guess at the equivalent Matlab file to delete.
Wouter
Wouter on 20 Oct 2016
I am running into the same problem on mac 10.11.6 with Matlab version 2016b. Does anybody have a workaround for this?

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Gary Jahns
Gary Jahns on 28 Oct 2015
MathWorks has acknowledged that this is a bug (Tech. Support Case #01573596).

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Joan
Joan on 27 Dec 2015
Until they address this case#, has a workaround been found?

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Frederic
Frederic on 12 Apr 2016
I updated to R2016a but I have the same bug. Any help ? Frederic

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Gary Jahns
Gary Jahns on 22 Apr 2016
My only suggestion is that everyone for whom this is a problem ping Mathworks, cite the case number (01573596), and ask when they expect to address it.

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Gustavo Liñan
Gustavo Liñan on 8 Jul 2016
It's real nightmare when we, as matlab users, update to a new OSX version.

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Daniel Dolan
Daniel Dolan on 1 Nov 2016
I recently encountered the problem and submitted a bug report. The response was the issue was an operating system problem, not a MATLAB problem, which means that there probably won't be an official fix. There are several possible workarounds.
  1. You can switch over to an alternative file selector, such as uipickfiles
  2. You could copy the private function uigetfile_deprecated (located in the uitools directory) to a convenient location on your machine. NOTE: this function may have dependencies...
  3. You could edit the uigetfile function (or a renamed copy) to always call uigetfile_deprecated on Macs.
  4. You could try using the undocumented "feature" command to use the old dialog style
feature('UseOldFileDialogs',1)
In the long term, option 1 is probably the best bet. Maybe someone can figure out what Apple did in the last release that drops dialog titles...

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Nimrod
Nimrod on 25 Jun 2019
I do:
f = msgbox('Whatever I wanted to be writen in the title');
uiwait(f);
uigetfile(..)
This way the user has to acknoledge the title before selecting the file or dir

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Simon Wanninger
Simon Wanninger on 19 Dec 2019
Hello,
same issues here. Since Catalina other filetypes are not selectable with uigetfile(), which is incredibly annoying. Unfortunately the bug persists in MATLAB2020a. There are other custom functions you can use as a workaround, e.g. uigetfile_with_preview().
Best,
Simon

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