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How do you add a header to a printed figure?

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Suppose you wanted to write a script to make several pages of figures each with several small subplots that could be used as thumbnails. When done, you would like to print the figures each with a header containing the page number and the number of pages of similar plots. For example:
for page = 1:3
figure (page)
clf
for sub = 1:9
subplot(3,3,sub)
plot(1:100,rand(1,100))
end
set(gcf,'PaperPosition',[.25 .25 8 10])
% add page header here
end
and you want to put a header on the page like this
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 14 May 2021
If you're using tiledlaytout (Matlab R2019b and later), you can assign the title to the tiledlayout object.
figure
tlo = tiledlayout(3,3);
nexttile; nexttile; nexttile;
nexttile; nexttile; nexttile;
nexttile; nexttile; nexttile;
title(tlo, 'Global Title', 'FontWeight','Bold','FontSize',18)

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Jan
Jan on 23 May 2017
Add a text to an invisible axes covering the complete figure:
AxesH = axes('Units', 'Normalized', 'Position', [0,0,1,1], 'Visisble', 'off', ...
'NextPlot', 'add');
text(0.5, 0.99, 'Your figure title', 'Parent', AxesH, ...
'Units', 'normalized', ...
'VerticalAlignment', 'top', 'HorizontalAlignment', 'center');
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Carl Hopkins
Carl Hopkins on 23 May 2017
Brilliant ! Thank you very much.
AxesH = axes('Units', 'Normalized', 'Position', [0,0,1,1], 'Visible', 'off', ...
'NextPlot', 'add');
text(0.5, 0.99, 'Your figure title', 'Parent', AxesH, ...
'Units', 'normalized', ...
'VerticalAlignment', 'top', 'HorizontalAlignment', 'center');

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KL
KL on 23 May 2017
title(['Pg.no:' num2str(page) ' sub:' num2str(sub)])
add this next to plot
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Carl Hopkins
Carl Hopkins on 23 May 2017
Thank you for your response. Although title works well for labeling an individual axis, but it does not put a header on a page with multiple axes. I would like to have a header or footer on the page that numbers the pages of plots in sequence (as in the figure where I did it manually)

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 14 May 2021
You can use the MATLAB Report Generator to build sophisticated reports with whatever formatting, chapters, sections, etc. you need. A trivial example:
import mlreportgen.report.*
import mlreportgen.dom.*
r = Report('figs', 'pdf');
t = Text("Figures:");
t.Style = {Bold, FontSize('24pt')};
add(r, t);
for ii = 1:3
plot(sin(1:(2^(ii+1))))
add(r, Figure);
end
close(r)
% rptview(r)

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