How to stop the program while closing the figure that shows an animated plot

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Hello everyone,
I've designed a figure which shows a 2-D animation of a plot using drawnow . When I click on close button, it closes the figure but the program still runs for a short while and then gives an error. How can I have the program "understand" that it should stop running as soon as I click on the close button? Thank you in advance.

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Stephen23 on 11 Mar 2015
Edited: Stephen23 on 11 Mar 2015
Presumably your program uses a loop of some kind. One easy way is to check at the start of the loop for the existence of the figure itself, and break out of the loop if the figure does not exist any more. You can use ishghandle to check specifically for graphics handles:
figH = figure;
for k = 1:frames
if ~ishghandle(figH)
Note that this may still result in some errors if the figure is closed at some time during the loop but the code still tries to access the graphics.
Another way is to rely on callbacks. This means integrating the code quite closely with the figure/axes, so that the loop itself is part of a callback. This will complete the current callback before closing the window, so errors do not occur. For an example of this, see my FEX submssion cubehelix_view, and try the demo button:

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