Setting default Interpreter to Latex

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In previous versions of MATLAB, the command
set(0,'defaulttextInterpreter','latex') %latex axis labels
set the interpreter for the text command, the xlabel command, and so on, to Latex. This does not work in 2015a. Is there an alternative way to set the default interpreter to Latex for all graphics objects. Thank you.

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Chibuzo Nnonyelu
Chibuzo Nnonyelu on 13 May 2015
MATLAB changed some object properties name. For this issue, the following will work
set(groot, 'defaultAxesTickLabelInterpreter','latex'); set(groot, 'defaultLegendInterpreter','latex');
I think Legend didn't change. You can still replace the 'groot' with '0' as usual. To be able to set other default object properties, check out
get(groot, 'factory'); % this shows all the factory values for all object properties. get(groot, 'default'); % fetches only default values you have altered.
So you can use the "get(groot, 'factory');" to see all possible object property and change their default values by removing the "factory" prefix and replace with "default". Of course you use the set() function to change and get() function to fetch. Let me if this helped.
Vairavan AV
Vairavan AV on 6 Jan 2017
Yes, I could fix the problem! Thank you very much!
But, do we need to use set(groot, 'factory'), to set it back when we don't need this?

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More Answers (4)

Max Bartholdt
Max Bartholdt on 7 Oct 2021
clear all
% This script changes all interpreters from tex to latex.
list_factory = fieldnames(get(groot,'factory'));
index_interpreter = find(contains(list_factory,'Interpreter'));
for i = 1:length(index_interpreter)
default_name = strrep(list_factory{index_interpreter(i)},'factory','default');
set(groot, default_name,'latex');

Ganesh Gaonkar
Ganesh Gaonkar on 16 Mar 2015
I think the command should work even on R2015a. Looks like you have missed making 'text' as CamelCase. So ideally the command should be : set(0,'defaultTextInterpreter','latex');
Fred on 16 Mar 2015
Here is some bare minimum code
close all
set(0,'defaultTextInterpreter','latex'); %trying to set the default
xlabel('$x$') %xlabel is $x$
figure; %try a new figure
xlabel('$x$','interpreter','latex') %now xlabel is x in math font

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Cael Warner
Cael Warner on 13 Oct 2017
Also, to go back to the default formatting, replace 'latex' with 'none'

beginner94 on 16 Oct 2018
It does not work for me either and I need to define an overlined variable (in R2007b).
Thanks for help
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 3 Feb 2021
These days see Live Editor

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