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Matlab 2012b restore original menus and remove ribbon?

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We have recently upgraded to matlab 2012b and horrified - can't find any menu items! Have spent 20 minutes fiddling with the ribbon but still unable to find the undo/redo button.
Please could you tell me how to restore the menus? I know it must be possible because it reappears when I enter a figure window!
Thanks Sanjay
Randolph Crawford
Randolph Crawford on 12 Mar 2013
Edited: Randolph Crawford on 17 Mar 2013
Sanjay, I agree with your assessment. As I see it we have the following choices:
1) Mount a PR campaign to make Mathworks aware of the folly of embracing self immolative fads like Win 7's ribbon. Or we could just wait until the Matlab Win 8 GUI comes out and all hell breaks loose...
2) Switch to a different Matlab development platform where ribbons and other GUI fads are less invasive, like Macintosh or Linux.
3) Regress to an older version of Matlab (pre-2012b).
4) Drop Matlab and switch to a different tool. Has Mathematica also been cut to ribbons?
Andrew Janke
Andrew Janke on 21 Mar 2014
Mac is a no go. I just installed R2014a on Mac and it has a ribbon too.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 6 Jan 2013
You can't go back to the old menus of R2012a and before. The undo button is in toolstrip in the far upper right of the screen. It's the U-turn arrow icon.
Adam on 9 Aug 2017
I hate change when it happens (pretty much universally!), but now I am so used to Matlab with ribbons I can't even remember what the versions of Matlab without ribbons are like. They don't affect my usage in any way really. Certainly if keyboard shortcuts change then that is not good (though I rarely use more than a handful of these), but that is independent of ribbons.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 9 Aug 2017
I hardly remember what it was like before.
Most of the extra screen real-estate can be collapsed down.
It is the nature of programs that user interfaces tend to bloat, as users tend to expect that more and more be done for them. Things like syntax coloring or real-time syntax checking take up CPU cycles but people pretty much demand them now.
There was a time when I had to be concerned about whether the "decoration" features of my editor (such as incremental search) were interfering with the performance of the computer significantly enough that I could not justify the improvement in my productivity compared to the needs of others. But you know, that time has been gone for over 30 years.
These days, if I am worried about whether my work in an editor is slowing the machine unjustly, then it is because I am trying to run enough large programs simultaneously that my system has had to swap out at least 3 gigabytes of virtual memory to disk and the swapping is bogging down my system. However, in such cases, it is not the editor that is most important: it is the performance and memory usage patterns of the math or symbolic libraries.

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