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cla

Description

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cla deletes all graphics objects that have visible handles from the current axes. The handle is visible if the HandleVisibility property of the object is set to 'on'. The next plot added to the axes uses the first color and line style based on the ColorOrder and LineStyleOrder properties of the axes. If axes do not exist, then this command creates one.

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cla(ax) deletes graphics objects from the axes, polar axes, or geographic axes specified by ax instead of the current axes.

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cla reset deletes graphics objects from the current axes regardless of their handle visibility. It also resets axes properties to their default values, except for the Position and Units properties.

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cla(ax,'reset') resets properties for the specified axes.

Examples

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Plot two sine waves. Then, clear the line plots from the axes.

x = linspace(0,2*pi);
y1 = sin(x);
plot(x,y1)

hold on
y2 = sin(2*x);
plot(x,y2)

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 2 objects of type line.

cla

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object is empty.

cla clears the line plots and resets the ColorIndex and LineStyleIndex properties of the axes to 1. Subsequent plots start from the beginning of the color order and line style order. For example, plot another sine wave.

y3 = sin(3*x);
plot(x,y3)
hold off

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains an object of type line.

Starting in R2019b, you can display a tiling of plots using the tiledlayout and nexttile functions. Call the tiledlayout function to create a 2-by-1 tiled chart layout. Call the nexttile function to create the axes objects ax1 and ax2. Add plots to both axes.

tiledlayout(2,1)
ax1 = nexttile;
surf(ax1,peaks)

ax2 = nexttile;
contour(ax2,peaks)

Figure contains 2 axes objects. Axes object 1 contains an object of type surface. Axes object 2 contains an object of type contour.

Clear the surface plot from the upper axes by specifying ax1 as an input argument to cla.

cla(ax1)

Figure contains 2 axes objects. Axes object 1 is empty. Axes object 2 contains an object of type contour.

Now, reset all properties for the axes, including the camera properties that control the view, by using the optional input argument 'reset'.

cla(ax1,'reset')

Figure contains 2 axes objects. Axes object 1 is empty. Axes object 2 contains an object of type contour.

Create a line plot and set the axis limits.

x = linspace(0,2*pi);
y = sin(x);
plot(x,y)
axis([0 5 -2 2])

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains an object of type line.

Clear the line plot from the axes and reset all the axes properties to their default values. cla reset resets all properties of the current axes, except for the Position and Units properties.

cla reset

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object is empty.

Input Arguments

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Target axes, specified as an Axes object, a PolarAxes object, or a GeographicAxes object. Use ax to clear specific axes, instead of the current axes.

Algorithms

The cla command resets the ColorOrderIndex and LineStyleOrderIndex properties of the current axes to 1.

See Also

Functions

Properties

Introduced before R2006a