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How can I remove the toolbar from the axes, but keep it at the top of the window?

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Ajanae Williams
Ajanae Williams on 23 Jul 2019
Commented: Rik on 29 Jul 2019
How would I go about removing the toolbar that pops up when you hover over a figure, but still keep the toolbar at the top of the window (i.e. the one that always stayed at the top in previous versions of Matlab)?
I have already tried to use 'Toolbar','None' but that just removes the toolbar completely from both the figure axes and from the top of the window. I want it just removed from the figure axes.

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Rik
Rik on 26 Jul 2019
Do you want to only remove the popup menu, or do you also want to add back the controls in the toolbar?

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 26 Jul 2019
Edited: Image Analyst on 26 Jul 2019
See the official toolbar answer here in this Mathworks Support Answer
In short:
addToolbarExplorationButtons(gcf) % Adds buttons to current figure's toolbar

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Rik
Rik on 26 Jul 2019
In the same thread image analyst refers to, you can also find my suggestion for both a portable solution (see below), and a suggested edit for startup.m to make the change permanent, but only on your copy of Matlab.
function fig=figure_legacy(varargin)
%Open a figure with the old style (pre-R2018b) of plot interactions
fig=figure(varargin{:});
try %#ok if verLessThan is missing verLessThan would have returned true
if ~verLessThan('matlab','9.5')
addToolbarExplorationButtons(fig)
% Use eval to trick the syntax checking in ML6.5 (both the ~ and
% the @ trip up the syntax checker).
%
% Using evalc ensures that you can group functions in a single
% anonymous function that otherwise have no output (as neither
% disableDefaultInteractivity() nor set() have output arguments).
defaultAxesCreateFcn=eval(['@(ax,~){',...
'evalc(''set(ax.Toolbar,''''Visible'''',''''off'''')''),',...
'evalc(''disableDefaultInteractivity(ax)'')}']);
set(fig,'defaultAxesCreateFcn', ...
defaultAxesCreateFcn);
end
end
end

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