Lesson 16: Output format

While all computations in MATLAB are performed in double precision, the format of the displayed output can be controlled by the following commands.
   format short		fixed point with 4 decimal places(the default)
   format long		fixed point with 14 decimal places
   format short e	scientific notation with 4 decimal places
   format long e	scientific notation with 15 decimal places
Once invoked, the chosen format remains in effect until changed.

The command format compact will suppress most blank lines allowing more information to be placed on the screen or page. It is independent of the other format commands.