<email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > > so the outa-box default is /Users/a_specific_user/Documents/MATLAB > > i remember when installing it asked me about this and i said okay about > the default believing that i could easily change it later.
I don't think the Installer asks you about the startup directory. I know it asks you where to install MATLAB, and that indeed is not easy to change after-the-fact (without reinstalling.) On certain platforms it also asks you if you want to create symbolic links and where it should create them if you do.
I just looked through the Installation documentation to confirm that. None of the steps shown discuss the startup folder.
What happened when you tried using the USERPATH function? Did MATLAB not start in that directory when you restarted it? If it did not, and if the directory exists, and if you have the necessary permissions to be in that directory, that sounds like a bug.