HowTo: Changing MATLAB’s default startup folder

The MATLAB documentation is a bit cumbersome on how to change the default startup folder. Here’s a short How-To.

MATLAB 2013b and older:

  • Goto the the command window and type:
    userpath('C:\mynewstartupfolder\')

MATLAB 2014a and newer (see MATLAB documentation):

  • Open the Preferences dialog (Home > Preferences).
  • Goto MATLAB > General.
  • Change Initial working folder.
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