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Environment and Settings

Preferences and settings, platform differences, adding hardware and optional features

The MATLAB® desktop environment helps you run commands, manage files, and view results. You can change the desktop layout and set preferences, such as fonts, keyboard shortcuts, and initial working folder.


  • Startup and Shutdown
    Startup command line flags, startup and shutdown files
  • Desktop
    Desktop appearance, accessibility, fonts, colors, and keyboard shortcuts
  • Add-Ons
    Find, run, and install add-ons, including optional features, apps, toolboxes, and support packages
  • Platform and License
    Use other platforms and query computer, license, and product version
  • System Commands
    Interact programmatically with operating system and MATLAB environment
  • Internationalization
    Locale settings and messages
  • Help and Support
    Product help, technical support