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So I origionally had: axis tight But it cut both axes, whereas I just want it to be tight around the x axis but allow the y axis to not be cut. Is there a function for this please? Thanks

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dpb
dpb on 14 Jul 2016
Not at hand, but it's not difficult to do...
function ytight(ax)
% Set axis tight only on y-axes
yl=xlim(ax); % retrieve auto y-limits
axis tight % set tight range
ylim(ax,yl) % restore y limits
end
You can also actually compute min, max of X-axis data and just set it, which is what is done
xlim([min(x) max(x)])
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dpb
dpb on 15 Jul 2016
"which variable does ax represent?"
The axes handle in question...typically the result of gca, but having it as an argument to the function lets the function be used in general, not just on the current axes. "Mo' bettah!" would be to make it optional and default to gca, but that was more coding effort than wanted to go to at the moment...
ADSW121365
ADSW121365 on 31 Aug 2022
xlim can actually do this without manually setting the limits:
xlim('tight')
which I have added as a seperate answer below.

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Jaromir
Jaromir on 16 Mar 2018
There's an out-of-the-box command for what you want:
set(handleToAxes, 'XLimSpec', 'Tight');
or
set(handleToAxes, 'YLimSpec', 'Tight');
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qilin guo
qilin guo on 26 Apr 2022
Undocumented properties! But useful. How many undocumented properties are there?

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ADSW121365
ADSW121365 on 31 Aug 2022

Drew Chap
Drew Chap on 25 May 2023
As of R2021a, the best method to do this is:
ax = gca()
ax.XLimitMethod = 'tight'

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