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Save Handle Graphics object hierarchy to file




hgsave('filename') saves the current figure to a file named filename.

hgsave(h,'filename') saves the objects identified by the array of handles h to a file named filename. If you do not specify an extension for filename, then the extension .fig is appended. If h is a vector, none of the handles in h may be ancestors or descendents of any other handles in h.

hgsave(...,'all') overrides the default behavior, which does not save nonserializable objects. Nonserializable objects include the default toolbars and default menus. This allows revisions of the default menus and toolbars to occur without affecting existing FIG-files and also reduces the size of FIG-files. Passing the string all to hgsave ensures that nonserializable objects are also saved. This option is obsolete and will be removed in a future release.

The default behavior of hgload is to ignore nonserializable objects in the file at load time. You can override this behavior using the all argument with hgload.

hgsave(...,'-v6') saves the FIG-file in a format that can be loaded by versions prior to MATLAB® 7.

hgsave(...,'-v7.3') saves the FIG-file in a format that can be loaded only by MATLAB versions 7.3 and above. This format, based on HDF5 files, is intended for saving FIG-files larger than 2 GB.

You can make -v6 or -v7.3 your default format for saving MAT-files and FIG-files by setting a preference, which will eliminate the need to specify the flag each time you save. See MAT-Files Preferences in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation.

Full Backward Compatibility

When creating a figure you want to save and use in a MATLAB version prior to MATLAB 7, use the 'v6' option with the plotting function and the '-v6' option for hgsave. Check the reference page for the plotting function you are using for more information.

See Plot Objects and Backward Compatibility for more information.


Use the File > Export Setup dialog. Use Edit > Copy Figure to copy the figure's content to the system clipboard. Fore details, see How to Print or Export.

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