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Replacement for getframe for multiple-monitor systems. Also takes screenshots of non-MATLAB windows.


Updated 17 Nov 2008

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GETSCREEN works just like the MATLAB function getframe, but works on any monitor, not just the primary one. (Getframe gives an error if you use it on a figure displayed on your second monitor) Can also be used to take screenshots from any area of your display, whether or not it is a MATLAB figure.

Syntax is the same as getframe, and can be used to capture entire figures or axes, or a rectangular subarea of these. Can also be called using just a position vector to take a screenshot of that area of your display, regardless of whether it is a MATLAB figure or not.

Uses java.awt.robot to take screenshots, so it requires java.

Cite As

matt dash (2022). getscreen (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2008a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

Inspired by: screencapture

Inspired: dropshadow - Drop Shadow class for plot objects

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