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How to set legend marker size

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RuiQi
RuiQi on 16 Jul 2017
Commented: Walter Roberson on 21 Jun 2020
How do I change the marker size on the legend ? I can change the font size but not marker.
l = legend('Orientation', 'Horizontal', 'RNN (Ours)', 'SLIC', 'SEEDS', 'LSC', 'ERS', 'FH');
l.FontSize = 20;
%l.MarkerSize = 20; does not work
%l.markersize = 20; does not work
set(l,'Position', [0.4 0 0.2 0.2], 'Units', 'normalized');
%set(l,'MarkerSize', 20); does not work

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Carl Witthoft
Carl Witthoft on 11 Apr 2019
Best way: see Stackoverflow question 2871747
% thanks to , Luis Mendo and Lea
[~, objh] = legend({'one plot', 'another plot'}, 'location', 'NorthWest', 'Fontsize', 14);
%// set font size as desired
% note that even if you plot(x,y,'.') it's a "line" plot
objhl = findobj(objh, 'type', 'line'); %// objects of legend of type line
set(objhl, 'Markersize', 12); %// set marker size as desired
% or for Patch plots
objhl = findobj(objh, 'type', 'patch'); % objects of legend of type patch
set(objhl, 'Markersize', 12); % set marker size as desired

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 19 May 2020
I just tested in R2020a (Update 1), and [lgd,icons,plots,txt] still seems to work. I was able to activate a marker and change the marker size for a legend line by indexing into icons .
It might not be supported but it still works. For now.
Gayan Lankeshwara
Gayan Lankeshwara on 21 Jun 2020
I am working in Matlab 2019a, but Carl's code does not work in my case for a line plot.
objhl = findobj(objh, 'type', 'line'); %// objects of legend of type line
set(objhl, 'Markersize', 12); %// set marker size as desired
I mean, even if I change the value of MarkerSize, nothing changes.
Any update ?
Thanks.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 21 Jun 2020
Are you using legend() with at least two output arguments? If you only have one output for legend then legend works differently.

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Akira Agata
Akira Agata on 16 Jul 2017
How about changing the marker size of your plot? Here is an example.
plot(magic(4),'o','MarkerSize',10);
l = legend('a','b','c','d');

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Jul 2017

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Fernon Ejikhoudt
Fernon Ejikhoudt on 11 Jul 2018
I have the same problem and I'm using 2018a. Is there an answer to this. otherwise it almost makes the printed graphs useless because of the extremely tiny dots.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 11 Jul 2018
Did you experiment with Kelly's legendflex() ?

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