# Reducing the distance among subplot figures?

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FW on 13 Aug 2021
Commented: DGM on 14 Aug 2021
I am using a subplot option to plot parts of a figure. Is there is a possibility to reduce the distance between the two figures, without affecting their dimensions (as shown by the arrows). For example, we can create more columns in subplot, but I am avoiding that. Thanks. Sulaymon Eshkabilov on 13 Aug 2021
Set up axis position of subplots, e,g:
x=0:1:360; y=-180:1:180; G = cos(x)+sin(y(:));
HA(1) = subplot(221);
surf(G)
HA(2) = subplot(222);
mesh(G)
set(HA(1))
POS = get(HA(1), 'Position' )
POS(1) = 0.02 ; % Position move
POS(3) = 0.5 ; % Position move
set(HA(1), 'Position', POS) ;
DGM on 14 Aug 2021
I'm not really sure how close you wanted them or whether this could be done with a single axes. Should the plot boxes stay slightly separated? Did you want to maintain the box size or maintain the outer positions?
x = rand(100,1);
% bring these two together by stretching the boxes
HA(1) = subplot(2,2,1);
plot(x)
HA(2) = subplot(2,2,2);
plot(x)
gapscale = 0; % zero gap
P = vertcat(HA.Position);
gap = P(2,1)-(P(1,1)+P(1,3));
P(:,3) = P(1,3)+gap*(1-gapscale)/2;
P(2,1) = P(2,1)-gap*(1-gapscale)/2;
HA(1).Position = P(1,:);
HA(2).Position = P(2,:);
HA(2).YTick = [];
% bring these two together by moving the boxes
HA(1) = subplot(2,2,3);
plot(x)
HA(2) = subplot(2,2,4);
plot(x)
gapscale = 0; % zero gap
P = vertcat(HA.Position);
gap = P(2,1)-(P(1,1)+P(1,3));
P(1,1) = P(1,1)+gap*(1-gapscale)/2;
P(2,1) = P(2,1)-gap*(1-gapscale)/2;
HA(1).Position = P(1,:);
HA(2).Position = P(2,:);
HA(2).YTick = []; Either way, you're going to have to deal with the fact that the ticklabels collide

the cyclist on 13 Aug 2021
Not a direct answer to this question, but the newer tiledlayout method has greater flexibility in this regard. (For example, there is a TileSpacing property that can be set to "compact", which is what you want.)
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the cyclist on 14 Aug 2021
It was introduced in R2019b, so guessing you have R2019a.

DGM on 14 Aug 2021
This is a bit of a workaround, but I've been using it for a long time. It works in older versions and it doesn't require a bunch of tedious wrangling of plot properties.

Matt J on 14 Aug 2021
Here is yet another FEX offering that allows flexible control over subplot spacing:

R2019a

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