FormatType
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FormatType
is an option for output streams, graphics, and functions such as Text that specifies the default format type to use when outputting expressions.

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  • Typical settings for FormatType include:
  • Automaticinherit from surrounding constructs
    InputFormone-dimensional form suitable for direct keyboard input
    OutputFormcharacterbased two-dimensional form
    StandardFormstandard two-dimensional form
    TraditionalFormform approximating traditional mathematical notation
  • SetOptions[stream,FormatType->type] resets the format type for an open stream.
  • For graphics functions, boxbased format types such as StandardForm and TraditionalForm can be used only when a notebook front end is present.

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By default, expressions are displayed using TraditionalForm in graphics:

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Display expressions using StandardForm:

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Labels are also affected by the FormatType setting:

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Introduced in 1988
(1.0)
| Updated in 1996
(3.0)