# Problem with legend in a plot

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m m on 25 Nov 2015
Commented: Mike Garrity on 1 Dec 2015
Hey.
I have some problems using legend in a plot. I have 2 plots where the first one has dots and the second one is a line plot. When I use legend it somehow shows dots for both plots when it has to show dots for the first plot and a line for the second.
Can anyone help me with this?
I have written the following:
Legend = cell(2,1);
Legend{1} = 'Plot1';
Legend{2} = 'Plot2';
legend(Legend{:});
Thank you!

Thorsten on 25 Nov 2015
h(1) = plot(x, sin(x), ':')
hold on
h(2) = plot(x, cos(x), '-')
legend(h, {'sin', 'cos'})

m m on 25 Nov 2015
Edited: m m on 25 Nov 2015
I have the second plot(plot2) in an if-statement:
if max(size(A)) ~= 1
plot2 = plot(x,A,'r-');
end

PChoppala on 1 Dec 2015
An example (although there are better ways of doing it),
n=50;
x=linspace(1/n,1,n);
y1=sin(4*pi*x);
y2=cos(4*pi*x(10:30)); % for example
figure
plot(x,y1,'b.','markersize',10)
grid on
if numel(y2)>1,
hold on
plot(x(10:30),y2,'color',[1 0 0],'linewidth',1.5)
legend('sine','cosine')
else
legend('sine')
end

#### 1 Comment

Mike Garrity on 1 Dec 2015
Yes, or another option would be the following:
n=50;
x=linspace(1/n,1,n);
y1=sin(4*pi*x);
y2=cos(4*pi*x(10:30)); % for example
figure
plot(x,y1,'b.','MarkerSize',10,'DisplayName','sine')
grid on
if numel(y2)>1
hold on
plot(x(10:30),y2,'Color',[1 0 0], ...
'LineWidth',1.5,'DisplayName','cosine')
end
legend show
The 'legend show' will pick up the strings from the DisplayName properties of the objects it finds in the axes. This can be useful if you have a large number of plots and complex conditionals.