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Desktop appearance, accessibility, fonts, colors, and keyboard shortcuts

Personalize the MATLAB® desktop by optimizing the layout, defining custom keyboard shortcuts, and setting color, font, and other desktop preferences.


prefdirFolder containing preferences, settings, history, and layout files


Preferences WindowOpen Preferences window to view and change preferences


Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate MATLAB

Navigate MATLAB using only the keyboard.

Change Desktop Layout

Optimize the desktop layout by choosing from a set of preconfigured desktop layouts or creating your own customized layout.

Use a Screen Reader in MATLAB Online

Use a keyboard and screen reader in MATLAB Online™ to navigate the MATLAB desktop and interact with the Command Window and Editor.

Where MATLAB Stores Preferences

MATLAB and other MathWorks® products store their preferences in the preferences folder.

Import Preferences From Other Releases

Import preferences from a release up to three releases immediately preceding the one you are starting up.

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