Make Spyder Matplotlib plots appear in own window

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IPython console in Spyder IDE by default opens Matplotlib plots in the same inline “notebook”.

Make separate Matplotlib figure windows pop up

In Spyder,

Tools → Preferences → Ipython Console → Graphics → Graphics Backend → Backend: “automatic”

Popout figures are much more useful in general because one can

  • probe the figure data
  • zoom/pan the figure

unlike the static PNGs in the inline Jupyter notebook.

Interactive Matplotlib Jupyter Notebook

%matplotlib inline

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