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The new search and filter field

I’ve talked a lot about wanting to improve the platform fidelity of the MATLAB Desktop. Along those lines, I think it’s also important to improve the consistency of the MATLAB Desktop. In R2008b, we’ve introduced a new search and filter widget that will help do both of these things.

The search and filter field is used to help narrow the scope of items that your looking at. I refer to it as a search and filter field because sometimes it’s more natural to think of it as a filter (e.g. when your narrowing the set of functions visible in the Function Browser), while other times it’s more natural to think of it as a search (e.g. when your looking through the documentation in the Help Browser). Either way, this widget will help you find things.

This style of widget is available on both Mac and Windows, so we’ve taken great care in making sure that it matches what you’d expect on those platforms. Here’s what the MATLAB search and filter field looks like on Mac and Windows:

And here are all the places you’ll see the search and filter widget in R2008b:

Current Directory Browser

Function Browser

Help Browser

Configuration Editor

Using a platform specific widget like this consistently across the MATLAB Desktop makes it easier to use the product. You won’t have to learn a different idiom for each Desktop component, but can instead pull from the shared idiom of the application.

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