setting the "hold" property for axes

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hans
hans on 7 Dec 2021
Edited: hans on 8 Dec 2021
the suggested way to set hold to "on" "all" oder "off" seems to be writing
hold on
or
ax=plot(x,y); hold(ax,'on');
To set most other properties, a syntax like
txt=xlabel(t,'My_Xlabel'); txt.FontSize = 18; txt.FontWeight = 'bold';
seems to be suggested.
Is there a way to apply this syntax to the hold property of the axes ?
A code like
ax.hold='on'
which was intuitive to me, doesn't work.

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Dave B
Dave B on 7 Dec 2021
Edited: Dave B on 7 Dec 2021
The hold function corresponds to the NextPlot property on the Axes.
I realize that's a little confusing - hold has only two states, on or off, but NextPlot has a few more options. All the way at the bottom of the hold documentation page you'll find this text:
The hold function sets these properties:
  • NextPlot axes property - Sets this property of the associated Axes, PolarAxes, or GeographicAxes object to either 'add' or 'replace'.
  • NextPlot figure property - Sets this property of the Figure object to 'add'.
So the code snippet you're looking for is:
ax.NextPlot = 'add';
There's a small caveat not mentioned in the documentation above, which is that hold off has some slightly different behavior with uiaxes. Instead of setting the NextPlot property to 'replace' it sets it to 'replacechildren'. This can be more useful in apps - it means that the children of the axes will be replaced but the axes will retain other settings. Details about all the different kinds of NextPlot on figure and axes are here:

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hans
hans on 8 Dec 2021
Edited: hans on 8 Dec 2021
OK, thank You a lot for this hint.

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