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Update error bar widths automatically on figure resize

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Add callback to the current axis to maintain a sensible error bar width on zooming.

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Updated 11 Nov 2011

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The Matlab errorbar() function produces error bars with a fixed width in axis units. This makes it hard to zoom in on the plot. This code cleans up the behavior on zooming.

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Chris Rodgers (2020). Update error bar widths automatically on figure resize (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (6)

Nice trick for resizing.


Works perfectly, thank you!


Very helpful! Thanks!



Very nice entry!

I have one comment about your implementation. Your use of "handle" is not a fully supported syntax (undocumented), so I just want to make sure that you're aware of that. Using an unsupported syntax may break in future releases, so extra caution is required.

For your code, you might find the customization capability of "zoom" to be useful:


Include errorbar_tick.m in the zip file for convenience.

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2011b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

Inspired by: Adjust error bar width

Inspired: superbar