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Keep same value for corresponding properties of graphics objects


hlink = linkprop(obj_handles,'PropertyName')
hlink = linkprop(obj_handles,{'PropertyName1','PropertyName2',...})


Use linkprop to maintain the same values for the corresponding properties of different graphics objects.


Use linkprop only with graphics objects.

hlink = linkprop(obj_handles,'PropertyName') maintains the same value for the property PropertyName on all objects whose handles appear in obj_handles. linkprop returns the link object in hlink. See About Link Objects for more information.

hlink = linkprop(obj_handles,{'PropertyName1','PropertyName2',...}) maintains the same respective values for all properties passed as a cell array on all objects whose handles appear in obj_handles.

MATLAB® updates the linked properties of all linked objects immediately when linkprop is called. The first object in the list obj_handles determines the property values for the other objects.

A set of graphics objects can have only one link object connecting their properties at any given time. Calling linkprop creates a new link object. This new link object replaces any existing link object that is associated with the objects specified in obj_handles. However, you can manage which properties and which objects are linked by calling methods on that object:

  • To add an object to the list of linked objects, use the addtarget method.

  • To link new properties of currently-linked objects, use the addprop method.

  • To stop linking an object, use the removetarget method.

  • To stop properties from linking, use the removeprop method.

About Link Objects

The link object that linkprop returns stores the mechanism that links the properties of different graphics objects. Therefore, the link object must exist within the context where you want property linking to occur (such as in the base workspace if users are to interact with the objects from the command line or figure tools).

The following list describes ways to maintain a reference to the link object.

  • Return the link object as an output argument from a function and keep it in the base workspace while interacting with the linked objects.

  • Make the hlink variable global.

  • Store the hlink variable in an object's UserData property or in application data.

Updating a Link Object

If you want to change either the graphics objects or the properties that are linked, you need to use the link object methods designed for that purpose. These methods are functions that operate only on link objects. To use them, you must first create a link object using linkprop.




Add specified graphics object to the link object's targets.


Remove specified graphics object from the link object's targets.


Add specified property to the linked properties.


Remove specified property from the linked properties.

Method Syntax


Method Arguments

  • hlink — Link object returned by linkprop

  • obj_handles — One or more graphic object handles

  • PropertyName — Name of a property common to all target objects


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Link properties of two axes so that rotating one axes automatically rotates the other.

Create a figure with two axes and store the axes handles. Add plots to both axes.

ax1 = subplot(2,1,1);
[X1,Y1,Z1] = peaks;

ax2 = subplot(2,1,2);
[X2,Y2,Z2] = peaks(10);

Link the CameraPosition and CameraUpVector properties of the axes and return the link object handle. Then, enable interactive rotation and use the mouse to rotate either axes. Rotating one axes automatically rotates the other in the same manner.

hlink = linkprop([ax1,ax2],{'CameraPosition','CameraUpVector'});
rotate3d on

To disable interactive rotation, use rotate3d off.

Link an additional property by passing the link object handle and the property name to addprop.


Version History

Introduced before R2006a